The Functional Family Therapy program works closely with families and is designed to improve family dynamics, communication and supportiveness while decreasing intense negativity and dysfunctional patterns of behaviour. The Youth Justice part of the program works with young people involved in the youth justice system to reduce youth reoffending.
Main elements of Functional Family Therapy:
- Building a trusting relationship between the family and practitioner
- Working to reduce conflict, increase motivation for change and a positive family environment
- Identifying how family interactions can affect behaviour
- Working to improve communication and conflict management skills
- Extending changes into other areas and family support networks, such as extended family members, teachers and youth justice workers.
Functional Family Therapy – Child Welfare®
Functional Family Therapy – Child Welfare (FFT-CW) is an adaptation of Functional Family Therapy (FFT) which provides services to children, youth and families in child welfare settings. FFT-CW works with families with children and young people aged between 0-18 who have been referred by child protection, education, health or mental health services FFT-CW aims to keep families together and, where possible, prevent children from entering out-of-home care. Services in our FFT-CW are based on the standard FFT model.