Family Centered Treatment (FCT)

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About This Program

Target Population: Families with members at imminent risk of placement into, or needing intensive services to return from, treatment facilities, foster care, group or residential treatment, psychiatric hospitals, or juvenile justice facilities

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 17

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 17

Brief Description

FCT is designed to find simple, practical, and common sense solutions for families faced with disruption or dissolution of their family. This can be due to external and/or internal stressors, circumstances, or forced removal of their children from the home due to the youth’s delinquent behavior or parent’s harmful behaviors. 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. Obtaining highly successful engagement rates is a primary goal of FCT. The program is provided with families of specialty populations of all ages involved with agencies that specialize in child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, developmental disabilities, juvenile justice and crossover youth. Critical components of FCT are derivatives of Eco-Structural Family Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy which were enhanced with components added based on experience with clients.

Program Goals:

The goals of Family Centered Treatment (FCT) are:

  • 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

Contact Information

William Painter, MS
Agency/Affiliation: Family Centered Treatment Foundation
Phone: (704) 787-6869

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: July 2016

Last CEBC Contact Date: March 2018

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: November 2013