Functional Family Therapy (FFT)

Organization: DC Department of Human Services (DHS)

Functional Family Therapy is an intensive, short term intervention/prevention program that offers in-home family counseling designed specifically to address status-offending behaviors (i.e curfew violations, running away, and truancy) and juvenile delinquency from a relational/family based perspective. FFT Therapists utilize a national FFT evidence-based model to work with the referred youth and their family. This model assesses the family dynamics that have contributed to the youth’s behavior, modifies strained family communication, improves parenting skills, and supports positive reinforcement within community contexts and relationships.

FFT services target adolescents who are experiencing a high level of conflict in the home, exposure to domestic violence, substance abuse, or status offending behaviors. Eligibility: FFT is a voluntary program for DC residents with youth 10 -17 years of age. Private medical insurance is preferred but not required.
Service Category: Care Counseling
Application: Referrals can be made by email, fax, or phone.