Benefits & Requirements

Benefits of Becoming a Family Centered Treatment Provider

  • Ability to offer a unique Evidence Based Service option to better serve clients and families.
  • Each organization receives a specific implementation and sustainability plan for use of the model to ensure sustainability of the model for the organization.
  • FCT is a proven way to maximize the efficient use of resources.
  • Implementing FCT expands funding options through public/private grants, special federal, state, or local service funding categories, and partnerships.
  • FCT providers become part of a national support team that allows consistency across borders with clinical skills, program development and political networking.
  • Implementing FCT strengthens the comprehensive model that is uniquely developed by practitioners, is not for profit (501 C3), and reinvests its resources in innovative developments. Meaning, licensing and service costs to implement FCT go back into the model to further research, innovate, and enhance the delivery to families.

Becoming an FCT Provider

Effective delivery of Family Centered Treatment is contingent upon a tripartite approach of management. All levels of management must support effective treatment over business pragmatism. This includes assuring that funding is in place for the:

  1. Training to ensure that each direct service staff member demonstrates theoretical knowledge and field skills competency.
  2. Fidelity measures built into the clinical process and the ensuing monitoring systems.
  3. Rigorous research and data collection systems.

Practically speaking this means that FCT requires a commitment of management to provide:

  • The intensive on-line and field competency based training process to enable certification for each FCT clinician; Wheels of Change© (over 95 hours of training)
  • Training of supervisors to enable approved FCT supervisor status
  • Peer supervision via a weekly team meeting process
  • Monthly staffing of each FCT case utilizing a family systems model of review known as a MIGS
  • Supervision to assure fidelity to the Family Centered Treatment model
  • Key treatment related documents that must be produced for each case that are critical to each phase of FCT treatment and provide the hard documents to demonstrate fidelity to the model
  • Access to an information management system that enables maintenance of a record review
  • A tracking process necessary to assure maintenance of fidelity to the model for individual cases and for evaluation of outcomes in the aggregate.



Megan of Child and Family of Rhode Island

Megan Booker, Clinical Supervisor with Child and Family in Rhode Island, talks in this video about her organization's implementation of the Family Centered Treatment (FCT) model. 

"FCT provides enough structure to guide treatment," says Booker, "but enough flexibility for this model to work with many different families."

She adds, "We've been able to engage families that have not been successful with other programs."