Functional Family Therapy

Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is an evidence-based program with a high success rate working with at-risk youth and their families. FFT providers engage each family with specific goals designed to develop and strengthen the unique characteristics of that family.

  • FFT targets youth between the ages of 10 and 18, although younger brothers and sisters are also included in session.
  • Youth referred may be at risk for and/or present with delinquency, violence, school problems, conduct problems, oppositional behavior, or substance abuse.
  • A clinician delivers FFT in the home or other community based setting.
  • At present, there is no charge to the family for the service

How Does FFT Work?

The focus is on family relationships and how they affect behavior. The intervention addresses how families will accomplish set goals. Youth, parents or guardians and siblings participate. Clinicians emphasize the importance of respecting all family members. FFT offers flexibility service delivery in the community.

The length of service is on average 8-12 one-hour sessions, but may be longer when more services are needed. Regular sessions speed progress. In most cases, family sessions are spread over a three month period.

If you or someone you know is interested in receiving FFT services, please call 609-822-1108.