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Functional Family Therapy (FFT)

FFT is a short term (approximately four (4) months), high-intensity therapeutic family intervention.  FFT focuses on the relationships and dynamics within the family unit.  Therapists work with families to assess family behaviors that maintain delinquent behavior, modify dysfunctional family communication, teach family members to negotiate effectively, set clear rules about privileges and responsibilities and generalize changes to community contexts and relationships.

Who Should Be Referred for FFT?

The target population for FFT is generally limited to males and females between the ages of 11-18 with a diagnosed behavioral health disorder whom:

  • Have been charged, or are at-risk of being charged, with a status offense and are at-risk of being placed outside of the home, or;
  • Have been charged, or at-risk of being charged, with a delinquent act and are at-risk of being placed outside of the home, or;
  • Are transitioning from out-of-home placement back to their community and are in need of intensive family therapy to be successful, or;
  • Have been referred by the youth’s school, Juvenile Probation Officer or other court official, or local DHHR.

Youth who fall within the recommended age range who may be in jeopardy of, or are in, contact with the judicial system as a victim of abuse and neglect may be considered appropriate for FFT involvement.  In these cases contact should be made with the provider agency to discuss appropriateness of the referral. 

Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is currently offered in Ohio and West Virginia