Functional Family Therapy® (FFT) is an internationally recognized, evidence-based model that delivers in-home family therapy to youth and their families

Through this service, VQ provides families with a therapist who conducts sessions in the home with parents and their children. On average, families go through 12 to 14 in-home sessions over a four- to five-month period. These programs help to bring families together and stop potential issues at their source before they have a chance to develop.

VQ focuses on using FFT to fix issues at their source, preventing future problems rather than waiting to respond to them.

The FFT model seeks to solve the problem at the heart of most youth delinquency: the home. A majority of troubled youth come from troubled homes leading to issues ranging from delinquency to substance abuse to violence. The treatment strategies implemented by FFT have received international recognition for their success in dealing with these issues and they have been shown to help reduce crime and victimization in the areas that they are implemented. Ultimately, however, FFT helps bring families back together.

VQ therapists help families develop stronger communication strategies and move onto happier and healthier lives. FFT is inherently a short-term therapy, and while we try to offer as much help as we can during the sessions spent with these families, we also provide them with the tools and resources necessary to continue on the road to improvement once they leave the program. Additionally, we offer booster sessions following completion of the normal sessions to help families that may need some support getting back on the path to improvement. Once they are finished with the program, families have a greater understanding of the issues they have already overcome and the challenges that they may face in the future and they are equipped to deal with them.

Evidence-based programs have been shown to successfully treat delinquent youth in the community and decrease out of home placement. Services cost between $1300 and $5,000 per family per year, while incarcerating just one youth will cost over $50,000 per year with the likelihood of poorer outcomes for both the youth & their family.
From Evidence Based Practices
for Juvenile Justice Reform in Louisiana (2010).

FFT & VQ

VQ therapists are certified in the national FFT evidence-based model and utilize FFT to determine specific family dynamics that may be causing issues in a youth's development. To ensure that fidelity to the model is maintained, VQ therapists consistently go through refresher courses and weekly consultations with experienced trainers. Once an issue for a family has been identified, our therapists work diligently with the family to create a healthier environment for both parents and children in which they can form stronger, more positive ties to each other and to their communities. Every session performed by one of our therapists is individualized to the family they are working with to provide them the most benefit possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Function Family Therapy?

Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is a prevention and intervention program that operates on the family level to solve issues within the home. It has been applied successfully in a wide range of contexts to help youth and their families with a variety of different issues that, left unchecked, could lead to delinquency or reincarceration.

What differentiates FFT from traditional therapy programs?

FFT is unique in that it works with youth and their families in tandem to help keep the family unit whole and deal with problems at their source. Rather than separate children at risk from their families, FFT focuses on ensuring that the family can be a safe and nurturing place that youth can return to.

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Sussex County FFT
Delaware
Sussex County FFT
Delaware
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As an in-home therapy program, Delaware FFT helps troubled youth by getting the entire family involved in the intervention process, fixing issues where they are most common - in the home. The service this program provides helps families grow stronger and, as a result, helps grow stronger communities in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex counties. Over the course of numerous one-hour sessions, families form stronger bonds and learn how to maintain a healthy family dynamic going forward.

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Leslie Lind
San Antonio FFT
Texas
San Antonio FFT
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VQ therapists at this program work with local families in the San Antonio area as a preventative measure in lieu of residential placement for youth beginning to enter the juvenile justice system as well as a form of aftercare for youth exiting residential programs. By working collaboratively with families to form stronger bonds and eliminate issues in the home, this program helps reduce both crime rates and recidivism.

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Claudia McGuire
Eastern Shore FFT
Maryland
Eastern Shore FFT
Maryland
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This program works with families in Baltimore City and County as well as the Eastern Shore area to help youth coming from residential treatment centers reintegrate with their families successfully. The therapy our clinicians provide helps reduce recidivism in these areas and is also used as an early intervention preventative measure.

Program Director
Joe Robertson