Keeping Families Together

We are keeping families together and reuniting disrupted families through the intensive in-home service Families Centered Treatment (FCT). This program is intended to result in long term sustainability for families. We not only have the opportunity to directly affect the outcomes for current families, but also for generations to come as children see a positive shift in their family system and carry that into their future families.

What is Family Centered Treatment?
Family Centered Treatment (FCT) supports families experiencing difficulties associated with child abuse, neglect, juvenile delinquency, child or parental developmental disabilities or mental health problems. A licensed clinician will provide in-home, intensive services to children and parents which addresses family functioning, individual and generational traumas that have gone unaddressed, and focuses on changes in how a family experiences each other in order to ensure stability and long term success. FCT services are “non-traditional,” guiding families in integrating changes into their own family value system and aimed at strengthening a families’ independence as well as the value of giving back to others in their community.

What families are appropriate for FCT
Families with a child with behavioral and/or emotional needs that prohibits the child's ability to remain in school or in their community.
These families are experiencing:
• A Child(ren) reentering their family home from residential placement
• Potential removal of children from the home
• Multiple children in multiple placements
• A history of poor outcomes from prior mental health services
• A child who is a Juvenile Offender who has required residential placement or crisis services

What services are provided
Therapeutic interventions focused on family functioning
Trauma informed interventions
Experiential based sessions
24 hour crisis response
Case Management

What makes Family Centered Treatment Different? 

Transparency – we know that, at times, we will have to say the tough things to families. We commit to them that we will always be honest and direct with our feedback. It is important for families to trust their clinician and to know where they stand with their clinician. In order to build meaningful trust, we will inform families of any information that we expect to share with stakeholders. *With the exception of high risk behaviors that fall within mandated reporting requirements 

Feedback is a two-way street with families and with social workers. We commit to giving and receiving feedback as a way for each of us to grow. We will request feedback from families and social workers on a consistent basis. 

Families are the experts on their own family. 

Family-Centered services versus Individual services which empowers families and supports in family system change. 

Value Change Phase requires families to determine if they truly value the changes they have made versus temporary compliance. This is a critical phase in treatment and unique to FCT.

Power of Giving is a process which positions families into a Giving role and out of the Receiving role as a method for discovery of their inherent worth and dignity.  
Frequently asked questions

What makes FCT different from other approaches?
FCT focuses on the underlying systemic issues and family interactional patterns of the entire family. FCT is family centered and genuinely strength-based, believing that deficiencies and problems do not define families and a (re)discovery of their strengths is the most relevant thing about them that can help them break dangerous cycles, heal from wounds, and handle the challenges that life will continue to throw at them long after completion of FCT.
FCT clinicians: set high expectations for their families, instill hope, build trust, conduct structured behavioral interactions between family members, target attachment and emotionally intense issues, focus on the entire family system, provide integrated trauma treatment and partner with stakeholders.
FCT goes beyond behavioral compliance and ensures sustained behavioral changes through value integration. While most services discharge at the first sign of progress, FCT leverages this important time in treatment to further practice new behaviors and lead the family to adopt a new status quo.

What does FCT entail, what does it look like to the family and referral source? How does it work?
FCT is provided in family homes and the community. Family members will meet with clinicians multiple times per week, individually, in duos, or as a family. FCT is a multi-faceted, systemic model. FCT clinicians conduct an intensive Family Centered Evaluation during the first 30 days. During that time FCT clinicians also Join with parents to support them in regaining authority in the home. It is in this profound therapeutic relationship that clinicians are given permission to restructure destructive family behaviors/patterns and assist the family in behaving in accordance to their identified family goals. These new family behaviors are practiced repeatedly, challenged and woven into the family’s way of relating to each other and to the outside world. Finally, families are given the opportunity to give back to their community thereby generalizing and strengthening their new skills and commitment to growth and stability.