Counseling provides a safe and nonjudgmental space for children to express and explore their emotions. It allows them to navigate through any challenges, stressors, or conflicts they may be facing, offering them a supportive and empathetic environment.
Improved Communication Skills
Counseling can help children develop effective communication skills, both in expressing their emotions and thoughts and in actively listening to others. These skills can enhance their relationships with peers, parents, and other important figures in their lives.
Healthy Coping Strategies
Adolescence can be a challenging and confusing time, and counseling equips children with healthy coping strategies to manage stress, anxiety, and other difficult emotions. They learn valuable techniques to regulate their emotions, solve problems, and develop resilience.
Counseling focuses on building and nurturing children’s self-esteem. Through supportive guidance, children are encouraged to develop a positive self-image, recognize their strengths, and build confidence in their abilities. This can greatly impact their overall mental well-being.
Mental health concerns can significantly impact a child’s academic performance. By addressing these concerns in counseling, children can develop strategies to manage stress, improve concentration, and strengthen motivation, which can positively impact their academic success.
Counseling helps children understand and develop healthy relationship patterns. They learn effective communication, boundary-setting, and conflict resolution skills. This equips them to build and maintain positive relationships with family members, friends, and peers.
Adolescence is a time of significant decision-making, and counseling helps children enhance their decision-making skills. By exploring their values and goals, they can make informed decisions aligned with their own best interests.
Identify and Address Mental Health Concerns
Counseling can help identify and address any mental health concerns that children may be experiencing, such as anxiety, depression, or trauma. Early intervention can promote healing and prevent further difficulties.
Functional Family Therapy
Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is an effective, short-term, highquality, and strength-focused evidence-based intervention designed for 11 to 18-year-old youth, and their families, who are at risk or have been referred for behavioral or emotional problems. Most youth are referred by juvenile justice, mental health, and child welfare systems. Services are conducted in both clinic and home settings and can also be provided in schools, child welfare facilities, probation and parole settings, and mental health facilities. FFT works with a young person’s entire family and extrafamilial influences to facilitate positive growth and development. FFT’s effectiveness stems from the idea that families are not identical—they all have a unique set of circumstances, so the treatment plans are individualized to fit the specific needs of youth and their families.
Functional Family Therapy has been provided to over 40,000 families a year across the globe that are at risk of involvement in the justice and child welfare systems and gangs. To maintain positive outcomes, FFT LLC provides clinical oversight and ongoing research to ensure that all FFT providers adhere to evidence-based practice standards.
Following FFT Treatment Studies Show
Have no new offenses 18 months post-referral
Have no drug charges 18 months post-referral
Attend school/work at treatment close
Functional Family Therapy Data
FFT is an evidence-based intervention for youth and families. This high-quality, strength-focused family counseling model is designed primarily for at-risk youth who have been referred by the juvenile justice, mental health, school, or child welfare systems.
Independently Studies With Proven Results
FFT LLC is the only Functional Family Therapy training organization with multiple independent studies conducted that produce consistently positive outcomes.
Largest FFPSA Footprint
Since the inception of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), FFT LLC has established 28 teams in 12 US states utilizing FFPSA funding.
Advanced Data Tracking
Our web-based CSS software seamlessly provides all data required by the FFPSA and other statewide and local projects, including program outcomes and model adherence reports.