Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is a short-term, evidence based program designed to reduce hostility and improve communication in families.
FFT works primarily with 11 to 18 year-old youth and their families who have been referred for behavioural or emotional problems by the juvenile justice, mental health, school or child welfare systems. Our central coast program is for young people who are violent towards their families.
Services are conducted primarily in the family’s home, however sessions can occur in other locations such as local juvenile justice offices or schools. Treatment length averages 12 to 14 sessions over three to five months.
FFT is a strength-based model built on a foundation of acceptance and respect. At its core is a focus on assessment and intervention to address risk and protective factors within and outside of the family that impact the adolescent and his or her adaptive development.