Family Centered Treatment (FCT)

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Program/Intervention Name

Family Centered Treatment (FCT)


Family Functioning, Family Support and Placement Stabilization Programs, Social/emotional functioning

Program/Intervention Description

What: A foundational belief influencing the development of FCT is that the recipients of service are great people with tremendous internal strengths and resources. This core value is demonstrated via the use of individual family goals that are developed from strengths as opposed to deficits. How: FCT provides services to child/adolescents with the following: Adjustment disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder, depression, mood disorder, bipolar, disruptive behavior, abusive and neglectful family situations, exposure to violence and domestic violence, and involvement in juvenile crime. A minimum of 2 multiple-hour sessions per week excluding the ramping up period (1st month) and the slowing down period (last month of treatment). Lengthier and more frequent sessions are available based on assessed need. On call support is available 24 hours a day every day of the year. While the length of treatment is driven by family need and progress, the average length of treatment is 6 months.

Intervention Target Population Identified (Age Group)

0-5, 6-12, 13-17, >17

Program Goals/Outcomes

Enable family stability via preservation of or development of a family placement, Enable the necessary changes in the critical areas of family functioning that are the underlying causes for the risk of family dissolution, Bring a reduction in hurtful and harmful behaviors affecting family functioning, Develop an emotional and functioning balance in the family so that the family system can cope effectively with any individual member's intrinsic or unresolvable challenges, Enable changes in referred client behavior to include family system involvement so that changes are not dependent upon the therapist, Enable discovery and effective use of the intrinsic strengths necessary for sustaining the changes made and enabling stability

QIC Target Group

Both Target 1 and Target 2

QIC Adoption/Guardianship Relevance Levels

LEVEL 4: Foster Care

QIC level of Evidence

LEVEL 4: Promising Practice

Intervention Web Site/URL

Contact Person/Purveyor

William Painter, MS


Family Centered Treatment Foundation

Contact Email

Contact Phone

(704) 787-6869

External Links (Registry/Other Catalog)