Family Services

Functional Family Therapy Services

Functional Family Therapy Services

Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is a family-based prevention and intervention program that has been applied successfully in various contexts to support at-risk youth and their families. It is a short-term, high quality intervention program with an average of 12 sessions over a 3-4 month period. Services are conducted in both clinic and home settings, and can also be provided in a variety of settings including schools, child welfare facilities, probation and parole offices/aftercare systems, and mental health facilities.

Core Principles and Goals

FFT recognizes the importance of family relationships. It works to improve family communication and family member's support to one another, while decreasing intense negativity. It assists family members in adopting positive solutions to family problems and making positive behavioral changes. In addition, it helps families clarify and work towards achieving positive goals and enhancing parenting strategies.

FFT also recognizes that family problems can be related to stressors coming from outside the family--involving school, peers, extended family relationships, economic difficulties, interaction with child welfare and juvenile justice systems, etc. A major goal of Functional Family Therapy is to utilize the family's strengths to help build positive interactions with the surrounding community as well as within the family.


There is no cost to the family for Functional Family Therapy

Who is Eligible?

  • Youth, age 11-18 exhibiting delinquency, violence, substance abuse, conduct/behavior problems and/or family conflict.
  • Currently living at home with family or will be returning home within the next few weeks.
  • Family is willing to participate in FFT.
  • Referral required from the 3rd Judicial District Juvenile Court Services.

To make a referral or if you have questions, please contact your local Juvenile Court Office or Litisha Brown at 712-223-0724,

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