Functional Family Therapy (FFT)

Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is an evidence-based, extensively researched family intervention program focused on at-risk and juvenile justice-involved youth. FFT has been utilized with youth and their families in a wide variety of communities with diverse populations. The age range for the program is 11 to 18 years old and a caregiver is needed to participate in every session for the length of the program which can be up to 4 months. The program consists of 3 phases of treatment that have specific goals that are developed according to the needs of the family. The first phase of Engagement and Motivation focuses on decreasing negativity and blame and motivating everyone in the family to make specific changes that will improve their relationships. Behavior Change is the second phase and focuses on improving communication, prob­lem solving, and relationship building. The last stage, or Generalization, focuses on relapse prevention so the family is able to utilize the acquired skills in the future as well as being able to carry over those skills to other areas of life.

Child First (CF)

Child FIRST (CF) is an innovative program that provides home-based therapeutic intervention and hands-on connection to community resources for children from birth to age 6 and their families. Child FIRST focuses on at-risk children and their families to decrease the incidence of serious emotional disturbance, developmental and learning problems, and abuse and neglect. Children and families receive a comprehensive assessment. The two-person Child FIRST team works with the family to develop and implement a treatment plan tailored to the needs of the child and family. The Child FIRST team provides home-based therapy for the child and parent, parent guidance, family therapy, and collaborates closely with community providers to address the immediate needs of children and families and help stabilize the home environment. Child FIRST is an early childhood system of care and can provide services for approximately 6 months.

Intimate Partner Violence – Family Assessment Intervention Response (IPV-FAIR)

IPV-FAIR is a home-based, family-oriented response to intimate partner violence (IPV) that offers safe, respectful, culturally relevant and individually responsive assistance to families who are referred by the CT Department of Children and Families (DCF). IPV-FAIR establishes a working relationship with the family and DCF to identify, develop and achieve realistic and meaningful goals to improve outcomes for the family. IPV-FAIR serves intact families or estranged couples who are experiencing intimate partner violence in an attempt to promote healthier relationships and effective communication among family members while assuring the safety and well-being of children living in the home. The IPV-FAIR team offers homes-based services including counseling, case management, parenting education and advocacy in addition to specialized services for offenders (Fathers For Change) when appropriate.

Multisystemic Therapy – Building Stronger Families (MST-BSF)

Multisystemic Therapy – Building Stronger Families is an intensive home-based treatment approach for families with children ages 6-17 involved with the CT Department of Children and Families protective services due to neglect and physical abuse concerns where there is also a concern about the impact of parental substance abuse on the family. A central part of the model is empirically supported treatment focused on monitoring and treating parental substance abuse. MST-BSF provides multiple sessions per week with the family, 24-hour crisis support, extensive safety planning and monitoring, and case management services. The MST-BSF team works collaboratively with DCF, the courts, and other formal systems, building on the strengths of family members and increases the family’s connection to a variety of supports in the natural family environment. Referrals are accepted from the Waterbury DCF Area Office.