Functional Family Therapy
What is Functional Family Therapy?
Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is a short-term intervention program that targets students facing many of the same issues addressed by our other programs. This is a family-based prevention and intervention program for dysfunctional youth, ages 11 to 18, who are justice-involved or at risk for delinquency, violence, substance use, or other behavioral problems.
Program participants showed a statistically significant reduction in general recidivism and risky behavior, compared with control group participants. However, there were no differences between groups on felony recidivism or caregiver strengths and needs.
FFT is a family-based prevention and intervention program that has been applied successfully in a variety of contexts to treat a range of these high-risk youth and their families.
What are the Three Phases of FFT?
The essential components of Functional Family Therapy (FFT) include: Five distinct intervention phases: Engagement: Introduction/Impression (Pre-Intervention) Motivation: Induction/Therapy (Early sessions)
More About Functional Family Therapy
FFT is a short-term, high quality intervention program with an average of 12 to 14 sessions over three to five months. FFT works primarily with 11- to 18-year-old youth who have been referred for behavioral problems by the juvenile justice, mental health, school or child welfare systems. Functional Family Therapy was founded in the 1970s by Dr. James F. Alexander. The Functional Family Therapy model has received international recognition for its outcomes in helping families and their children overcome delinquency and substance abuse.
It is a short-term treatment strategy that is built on a foundation of respect of families and cultures, but that includes a powerful treatment program that paves the way for motivating individuals and families to become more open, understanding and successful in their own lives. In doing so, FFT helps to save families while at the same time preventing crime in communities.
Services are conducted in both clinic and home settings, and can also be provided at our office or aftercare program.