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Functional Family Therapy

“Working with my mom and our therapist together, I finally feel heard.”

-Matthew, age 13

Functional Family Therapy (FFT)  is a short-term evidence-based intervention proven to improve child-parent relationships, resolve behavioral issues, and strengthen family dynamics. 

Over the course of four to six months, Wellroot therapists partner with families to set goals that are followed and reassessed throughout the treatment process. This treatment aims to engage each member of the family and ensure everyone feels heard and supported.

Together with their therapist, families work through three phases of treatment:

Phase 1

Engagement & Motivation

Phase 2

Behavior Change

Phase 3


Program Goals

  • Help the families understand the behavior of the client (youth/ adult) while being actively involved in promoting a functional and stable family setting to stabilize and help improve mental health issues, crisis, and relapse
  • Provide individuals and their families with the skills to manage mental health concerns to reduce hospitalizations and out-of-home placements
  • Help families work out daily issues to create stable family relationships, thereby stabilizing mental and behavioral issues

Who We Serve

FFT is for youth, ages 4 to 18, and has been applied in various multicultural contexts to treat a range of youths and their families. The target population is generally at risk for delinquency, violence, substance use, or other behavioral problems.

Wellroot’s FFT Outcomes


Percentage of youth who participated in FFT treatment who have no new offenses 18 months post-referral


Percentage of youth who have no drug charges 18 months post-referral


Percentage of youth who attend school or work at the close of treatment

FFT Referrals

Wellroot accepts referrals from the following:

  • School Counselors and Administrators
  • DFCS
  • Juvenile/Family Court
  • Foster Families
  • MAAC Permanency Plan

Make A Referral

FFT is nationally recognized for its successful youth outcomes by Blueprints for Youth Violence, The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and The Center for Disease Control and Prevention.