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Functional Family Therapy

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Program Info

Outcome Areas
Healthy and Safe Children

Youths not using alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs
Children and youth not engaging in violent behavior or displaying serious conduct problems
Children not experiencing anxiety or mood disorders, such as depression

Topic Areas

     Age of Child
       Adolescence (13-18)
     Type of Setting
       High School
       Home Visiting
     Type of Service
       Family Support
       Parent Education
       Youth Development
     Type of Outcome Addressed
       Behavior Problems
       Juvenile Justice
       Mental Health
       Physical Health
       Substance Use and Dependence
       Violent Behavior

Evidence Level  (What does this mean?)
Other Reviewed Programs

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Program Overview

Functional Family Therapy is a family-based intervention program for youth ages 11-18 who have demonstrated dysfunctional and maladaptive behaviors such as delinquency, violence, substance use, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, or Disruptive Behavior Disorder, and depression. It provides 8-30 sessions of direct service time for the referred youth and their families. The program can be delivered in a variety of settings including home, school, clinical and juvenile justice facilities.

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Program Reviews

The Functional Family Therapy program has not yet been thoroughly reviewed by PPN, but preliminary review suggests it may be effective at improving outcomes for the indicators listed above.

This program is highly regarded by other credible organizations and reviews of the program can be found online at the websites listed below:

Blueprints for Violence Prevention

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OJJDP Model Programs Guide

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