Functional Family Therapy (Sedgwick County)

Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is an evidence-based family therapy model proven to reduce recidivism among juvenile offenders. Its highly structured model identifies each individual family’s risk factors, builds on its strengths, and uses specific methods of intervention to motivate the family and maintain change. FFT focuses on enhancing protective factors within the family, increasing parental supervision and involvement, and reducing risk factors such as premature treatment termination, substance use, delinquent behaviors, negative peer influence, school behavior problems, and antisocial cognitions.

FFT consists of three phases, each with specific interventions and objectively defined criteria for completion. Clients who successfully complete each phase of the program can expect improved functioning and reduced recidivism. For more information on FFT, visit

We strive to make FFT affordable for all qualifying families through funding from Sedgwick County Crime Prevention funds, insurance payments, and client fees. Most major insurances, including Medicaid, are accepted, although private insurance may require a deductible or co-pay. A sliding fee scale is also available.

FFT Therapists focus on:

  • Engaging the family in treatment
  • Motivating family members to work toward a common goal
  • Helping the family apply new skills and changes in a variety of settings, including work, school, and with extended family
  • Addressing issues with communication, negotiation, problem-solving, and family relationships

Qualifying for FFT

EmberHope Youthville’s highly trained therapists stand ready to help those who are referred to us by the state. Our target population includes families of moderate- and high-risk juvenile offenders ages 11-18 living at home who may be at risk for out of home placement without FFT services, clients at risk of violating the terms of their supervision, and clients experiencing a high level of family management problems. If it is determined that the client needs both individual and family therapy, a referral for individual therapy will be made after FFT is completed. Clients who are currently receiving family therapy are not eligible.

Frequency and Duration

Families will attend 12-15 weekly sessions over the course of 3-4 months. Because services are tailored to meet the needs of each individual family, frequency may vary. EmberHope Youthville strives to eliminate potential barriers to treatment by offering services in the client’s home, community, or office. Location is determined by the client’s schedule, access to transportation, safety, and insurance.

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