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Functional Family Therapy: An Overview for Stakeholders and Providers


This training was presented on

March 22, 2023


Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is a short-term, structured, and intensive family therapy intervention for youth ages 11 to 18. It draws upon the family dynamic as a key mechanism for change in reducing adolescent behavioral and emotional concerns. This presentation will provide the audience with a brief overview of the model, the target population, expected outcomes, and implementation for success.


Learners will be able to:

  • Determine if FFT is a good fit for their FFPSA programming
  • List one requirement for successful FFT implementation
  • Identify which families might benefit from FFT under FFPSA


Who should attend: County Prevention Teams and cross-sector partners, including staff of child welfare agencies, behavioral health agencies, probation, Child Abuse Prevention Councils, community-based service providers, family resource centers, Offices of Education, tribal partners, and parents/youth leaders with lived experience



  • This is a webinar-style training. This means that you will not be on camera and will not be able to see other learners. This training will not include breakout rooms. Opportunities to interact with the presenter(s) and other participants will be included.
  • This training will be recorded. The recording will be available to registered learners within 2 days of the training.
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Helen has been involved with FFT since 2002 in different capacities, all of which make her work exciting and challenging. Her interest is in the implementation of FFT and in larger system development. She is both a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania. Prior to FFT she worked in roles involving administration, program implementation and clinical supervision. She has a Masters is in School and Community Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Her Doctorate is in Community and Organizational Leadership Studies from Alvernia University.



FFT Senior Manager,
Functional Family Therapy