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


Caritas Certified I-FAST supervisors

Caritas Family Service

Ms. Eliza LAM Yee Wan
Head of Family Service

Ms. Constance YEUNG Kam Chu
Human Empowerment & Achievement Training (HEAT)

Mr. Michael IP Sit Kei
Caritas Integrated Family Service Centre - Tsuen Wan East

Ms. Monica CHEUNG Wai Ling
Caritas Dr. & Mrs. Olinto de Sousa Integrated Family Service Centre

Ms. CHAN Yuk Mui
Caritas Integrated Family Service Centre - Tung Tau Wong Tai Sin South West

Ms. WONG Chui-shan
Caritas Family Crisis Support Centre

Ms. Ruby LO Sik King
Caritas Integrated Family Service Centre - Tuen Mun

Ms. Doris CHAN Pui Yu
Caritas Integrated Family Service Centre - Tin Shui Wai

Ms. LEUNG Wai Yu
Caritas Integrated Family Service Centre - Shau Kei Wan

Mr. Eddie CHAN Ho Chuen
School Social Work Service - Ngau Tau Kok

Mr. Rivalino CHUNG Wai Lung
School Social Work Service - Tuen Mun