What is I-FAST ?

  1. A family treatment model organized around common factors that are common to most effective treatments.
  2. A meta-level treatment protocol developed with a strengths-based empowerment perspective and influenced by systems approach and social constructivism.
  3. Based on evidence-based common factors, it provides a meta-frame to integrate practice techniques such as therapeutic working alliance, interactional pattern shift, and systems collaboration.
  4. It consists of systemic and clear practice phases and procedures to follow in the treatment process. 


Why using I-FAST ?

  1. In recent years, there has been an increasing demand for social work practitioners to use treatment approaches with effectiveness proven by research. I-FAST is one of the few prevailing evidence-based treatment models with accreditation in Hong Kong.
  2. I-FAST treatment model allows flexibility in using a wide range of practitioner skills in addressing diverse family problems. Hence, practitioners’ own strengths will be respected as they can integrate their existing skills and expertise in their unique setting.
  3. As a certified I-FAST agency, we aim at provide ongoing training and clinical supervision to the colleagues so that their competency in casework intervention can be enhanced and the practice of I-FAST approach can be sustained.


Key components of I-FAST :

  1. Alliance Stage : Focus on building relationship with client
  2. Problem/goal : Client’s goal and specific problems were listened and identified
  3. Interactional patterns : Track client’s patterns related with his problem
  4. Interactional exceptions : Track any exceptions in the patterns related with his problem
  5. Overarching frames : Develop new frames to organize treatment and engage significant others
  6. Who are the clients : Decide who to work with and also identify significant others
  7. Devise tasks : Focus on resolving the presenting problem
  8. Devise task frames : Assist client to derive new frame to set up new tasks
  9. Construct useful questions : Use of constructive questions to prepare client for self-assessment and perceive change
  10. Offer questions, frames & tasks : Assess client whether he would be ready to adopt new frame and tasks 
  11. Follow-up on interventions : Consolidate change, track their concern and revisit goals and alliances



 I-FAST Principal Trainer: David Grove, LISW-S Mo Yee Lee, Ph.D.

Service provision by The Caritas Certified I-FAST supervisors in Caritas-Family Service to other NGOs: Clinical individual / group supervision


Professional Seminar on I-FAST (2017)
Embraceing Diversity: Using I-FAST for case clinical practice and supervision


US Study Tour on I-FAST Practice 2019 Report Back Session
(please click for details)


Caritas Certified I-FAST supervisors

Caritas Family Service

Ms. Eliza LAM Yee Wan
Head of Family Service

CHAN Chi Wah, Alfred

CHAN Ho Chuen, Eddie

CHAN Man Kui

CHAN Wai Ling, Elaine

CHAN Wing Lam, Patricia

CHAN Yuk Mui

CHENG Man Yee, Carrie

CHENG Siu Ni, Morra

CHENG Yuk Chun, Jessica

CHEUNG Wai Ling, Monica

CHEUNG Wai Yee, Shirine

CHING Siu Ling

CHIU Yuen Lai, Christan

CHUN Tim Yee, Candy

CHUNG Wai Lung, Rivalino

CHUNG Sze Lai, Cedric

IP Sit Kei, Michael

LAI Siu Mei, Sandra

LAI Tan Lai, Tanny

LAI Wing Chee, Florence

LAM Wing Kei, Rose

LAU Suk Kiu, Yvonne

LEE Kwun Hong, Dothany

LEE Pui Wah, Florence

LEUNG Wai Yu, Belinda

LO Sik King, Ruby

MA Wan Tung, Patrick

MA Wing Yi, Winnie

NG Siu Lai, Shirley

NG Wai Yu, Josephine

NGAI Mei Mei, May

TAM Ka Ki, Joyce

TSOI Wan Yee, Fiona

WONG Chui Shan

YEUNG Kam Chu, Constance

YIP Lai Ching, Viviene

YU Kei Yeung, Albert

YU Tak Hoi

YUEN So Keng, Anna