Friday, March 27, 2015

Functional Family Therapy (FFT)

Intervention Phases

● Phase 1: Engagement and Motivation. o Maximizing factors that enhance intervention credibility
■ perception that positive change might occur
o Minimizing factors likely to decrease that perception
■ poor program image
■ difficult location
■ insensitive referrals
■ personal and/or cultural insensitivity
■ inadequate resources
o Therapists apply reattribution
■ Reframing
■ Developing positive themes
o Establishes a family-focused perception of the presenting problem
■ Increase families’ hope and expectation of change
■ decrease resistance
■ improve alliance and trust between family and therapist
■ reduce oppressive negativity within families and between families and the community
■ help build respect for individual differences and values.

● Phase 2: Behavior Change o Therapist implements short and long-term behavior change plans that are tailored to each family member.
o Assessment focus is on
■ Cognitive- coping strategies
■ Interactive- reciprocity of positive behaviors
■ Competent parenting
■ Understanding of behavior sequences- blaming and negativity
o Therapists provide behavioral interventions and guide and model specific behavior changes.

● Phase 3: Generalization. o Apply positive family change to range of problem areas.
o Therapists help families maintain change and prevent relapses.
■ Links families with available community resources.
■ Improve a family’s ability to work in the systems in which it is embedded
■ Encourage family to utilize community support systems and change deteriorated family- system relationships.