Functional Family Therapy – Child Welfare
FFT-CW is designed to serve families with children age 18 or younger who have been referred to child welfare services for indicated or suspected child abuse or neglect.
FFT-CW services typically last about 6 months.
Recommended Locations/Delivery Settings
FFT-CW is typically delivered in clinical or home settings. It can also be delivered in community settings.
Education, Certifications and Training
Trained interventionists who have at least a bachelor’s degree deliver the FFT-CW low-risk intervention. Trained master’s level therapists deliver the FFT-CW high-risk intervention. FFT interventionists and therapists receive supervision from master’s or doctoral level clinical supervisors who have been trained in low and high-risk model-specific protocols, respectively. All FFT-CW high-risk treatment teams should have plans for accessing a psychiatrist with experience in both adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. FFT-CW treatment teams are recommended, but not required, to include (1) recruitment/intake workers who conduct eligibility and risk assessments and (2) a family resource specialist who keeps an up-to-date community resource database and gives resource information to interventionists and therapists.
FFT-CW interventionists, therapists, and clinical supervisors must be part of an FFT-CW certified site and must receive training in FFT-CW from FFT-LLC. Organizations interested in becoming an FFT-CW site must first complete a certification application and receive approval. Training then occurs in three phases. The first phase is a clinical training focused on the core intervention model and use of the clinical services system. Clinical training is typically conducted in groups of 3–8 providers, with separate groups for interventionists and therapists. The second phase is supervision training, which takes place over the course of a year. During this phase, a member of the team trains to be the onsite supervisor by taking part in an initial intensive training, monthly phone consultations, and a 1-day follow-up training. The third phase, maintenance, includes annual training activities and consultation services that are required for a site to remain certified.
Program or Service Documentation
Book/Manual/Available documentation used for review
Alexander, J. F., Niermann, A., Neeb, A., Kopp, D., Demaranville, H., Hollimon, A., & Robbins, M. S. (2011). Section 2: Functional Family Therapy Child Welfare. FFT LLC.
FFT-CW materials are available in English.
Other supporting materials
For More Information
Phone: (206) 369-5894
Contact form: https://www.fftllc.com/contact-us
Note: The details on Dosage; Location; Education, Certifications, and Training; Other Supporting Materials; and For More Information sections above are provided to website users for informational purposes only. This information is not exhaustive and may be subject to change.
|Results of Search and Review||Number of Studies Identified and Reviewed for Functional Family Therapy – Child Welfare|
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Studies Not Eligible for Review
Turner, C. W., Robbins, M. S., Rowlands, S., & Weaver, L. R. (2017). Summary of comparison between FFT-CW and usual care sample from Administration for Children's Services. Child Abuse & Neglect, 69, 85-95. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2017.04.005
This study is ineligible for review because it is not a study of the program or service under review (Study Eligibility Criterion 4.1.6).