Functional Family Therapy (Western Kansas)

Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is an Evidence-Based family therapy model that has demonstrated success in reducing recidivism among juvenile offenders. The focus is on increasing parental supervision and involvement in a way that matches to the individual family and its structure.

This an evidence-based program with objectively defined criteria; therefore, success is clearly defined. Clients are successful when they complete the three phases of FFT. The result is improved functioning and reduced recidivism.

The FFT model focuses on enhancing protective factors within the family and community, and reducing risk factors, including the risk of premature treatment termination, substance use, delinquent behaviors, peer influence, school behavior problems, and antisocial cognitions. The model has distinct phases that the therapist follows, with specific interventions in each phase.

Efforts are made to make FFT affordable for all families. Funding for FFT is made possible by Kansas Department of Correction Juvenile Service Functional Family Therapy Expansion funds and insurance payments. Most major insurances are accepted including Medicaid.

FFT Therapists Work Towards:

  • Engaging the family in treatment and motivating family members to work toward a common goal
  • Matching intervention to the specific family and their relationships
  • Helping the family transfer their new skills and changes into other settings like school, work, and with extended family.
  • Addressing issues with communication, problem-solving, negotiation skills, and family relationships


Our program works with 11 to 18 year-old clients who have been referred for behavioral or emotional problems by the Kansas Department of Corrections.

Frequency and Duration

The family therapy model usually lasts 12-15 sessions over a three-month period. Services are tailored to fit the family; therefore length of treatment and duration may vary. Client services can be provided at the family’s home, in the school, or the community, if needed. Location generally depends on the client’s ability to get to our office, scheduling, safety, and insurance.

For more information on Functional Family Therapy visit