Diagnosis: Depression

2015 EST Status: Treatment pending re-evaluation Very strong: High-quality evidence that treatment improves symptoms and functional outcomes at post-treatment and follow-up; little risk of harm; requires reasonable amount of resources; effective in non-research settings

Strong: Moderate- to high-quality evidence that treatment improves symptoms OR functional outcomes; not a high risk of harm; reasonable use of resources

Weak: Low or very low-quality evidence that treatment produces clinically meaningful effects on symptoms or functional outcomes; Gains from the treatment may not warrant resources involved

Insufficient Evidence: No meta-analytic study could be identified

Insufficient Evidence: Existing meta-analyses are not of sufficient quality

Treatment pending re-evaluation

1998 EST Status: Modest Research Support Strong: Support from two well-designed studies conducted by independent investigators.

Modest: Support from one well-designed study or several adequately designed studies.

Controversial: Conflicting results, or claims regarding mechanisms are unsupported.

Strength of Research Support

Empirical Review Status
2015 Criteria
(Tolin et al. Recommendation)
Very Strong
Insufficient Evidence
Treatment pending re-evaluation
1998 Criteria
(Chambless et al. EST)

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Brief Summary

  • Basic premise: Mom Power is a Strong Roots program. Strong Roots programs support families through the difficulties of caring for young children. Parenting a young child is one of the most difficult jobs a person will ever have. When parents also have histories of difficult experiences, or are uncertain about how to parent, having a young child can be even more stressful and difficult.  The Strong Roots programs include tailored versions of Mom Power for fathers (Fraternity of Fathers), military families (Strong Military Families), and early childcare and education providers (Hearts and Minds on Babies).
  • Essence of therapy: Mom Power is a 10-week, 13-session theory and evidence-based intervention aimed at increasing parental competence via multi-method and multi-disciplinary strategies. The intervention applies attachment theory, cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral strategies.
  • Length: 10 group sessions, 3 individual sessions; total 13 sessions.

Treatment Resources

Editors: Rena Menke, PhD, LP

Note: The resources provided below are intended to supplement not replace foundational training in mental health treatment and evidence-based practice

Treatment Manuals / Outlines

Treatment Manuals

Curriculum is available upon completion of a Mom Power Training. Please contact the Strong Roots program at strongroots@umich.edu for more information.

Training Materials and Workshops

Training materials are available along with the Mom Power Training.  Workshops are available. Please contact the Strong Roots program at strongroots@umich.edu for more information.

Measures, Handouts and Worksheets

Measures used in the program include:

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • Life Events Checklist (LEC)
  • Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9)
  • A measure of parenting stress (i.e., Parenting Stress Scale, or Parenting Stress Index)
  • Measure of child outcomes (i.e., Age appropriate Child Behavior Checklist, or Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire or DECA)
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7 (GAD-7)
  • Protective Factors Scale

The following measures are optional, but strongly desired:

  • Working Model of the Child Interview
  • PTSD Checklist for DSM-5 (PCL-5)

Handouts and Worksheets are available upon completion of a Mom Power Training.

Video Demonstrations

All videos may be accessed at ZerotoThrive.org.

Video Descriptions

All videos may be accessed at ZerotoThrive.org.

  • Zero to Thrive: Programs Designed to Empower Families and Communities
    • The University of Michigan’s Department of Psychiatry provides transformative initiatives for families and educators by way of Zero to Thrive’s Strong Roots curriculum. Zero to Thrive provides experiential programs whose mission is to spark robust scientific discoveries, quality training, and vibrant cross-sector initiatives that create breakthrough, real-world solutions that transform the well-being and resilience of families from conception to early childhood with impacts for generations to come.


  • Zero to Thrive: Using the Tree to Understand Relationships
    • The Tree represents ways that children learn, grow and thrive. Exploration and connection, branching out and building roots are all supported when those caring for children provide a secure base and safe haven for their children.



  • Zero to Thrive: Parenting with Balanced Caregiving
    • Whether you are a parent, teacher, or another important adult, your child looks to you to figure out how to navigate the world. Zero To Thrive advocates for balanced caregiving or responses to children that are warm and kind and strong and in charge.

Clinical Trials

Other Treatment Resources

Visit the main webpage for Strong Roots Programs to learn more.