Fall 2018 FCT Conference Announced

The inaugural FCT National Conference has been announced and is now open for registration. With an exciting group of featured speakers, national leaders in attendance, and presenters from numerous states and disciplines we hope to see you there!!

The Conference is scheduled to take place October 3-5th, 2018 at the Double Tree South Park in Charlotte NC.

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FCTF becomes Founding Member of GIS

The Family Centered Treatment Foundation is proud to announce its collaboration as a Founding Member of the Global Implementation Society.

The Global Implementation Society (GIS) is a community of professionals who are developing and using new and better ways of providing human services (implementation practice) and who are generating knowledge about how best to do this (implementation research, implementation policy). Members represent a variety of service sectors, have different professional and disciplinary backgrounds, and are from high- and low-resource settings across the globe.

The FCT Foundation has been a continuous participant in global implementation practices including collaboration with the Global Implementation Initiative and Conferences. FCT Foundation looks to implement best practices and the latest research as it delivers the Family Centered Treatment family-therapy model to families in crisis across the country and beyond. https://globalimplementation.org/


Bill Painter to present at 32nd annual FFTA

"Congratulations! On behalf of the FFTA Conference Committee and staff, I am pleased to inform you that your proposal to present the workshop Treatment Foster Care and Home-based treatment to enable Successful Reunification has been approved for the FFTA 32nd Annual Conference: Hope, Healing and Partnership. The conference is scheduled for July 8-11, 2018 in Atlanta, GA"

FCT in Wisconsin

The Family Centered Treatment Foundation is proud to welcome St. Croix County (Wisconsin) Department of Health & Human Services to our growing list of FCT providers! St. Croix’s leadership clearly articulates the purpose and rational for adopting FCT: “Our population needs are changing, so we are seeking out alternative resources in order to better meet the needs of our community…. We have completed an exhaustive search of various evidence-based programs and it appears that Family Centered Treatment will be the best fit for us.”

St. Croix comes to FCTF with a proven track record of innovation, evidenced-based programing and dedication to meeting the needs of their community. The St. Croix FCT Team is part of a county government health and human services organization that incudes multiple departments, programs and initiatives all under one organizational umbrella. This provides the program with the unique strength of housing most systems and stakeholders relevant to FCT under one coordinated entity. FCTF is very excited to see this unique program design flourish!

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FCTF Awarded Two Grants in North Carolina

The FCT Foundation is excited to announce that it has been awarded two grants by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety to deliver Family Centered Treatment services to families. The FCT Foundation will work with Pinnacle Family Services, a licensed FCT provider to deliver the FCT model to families in five central NC counties.

The awards include the ‘Alternatives to Commitment Project’ and the ‘Level II Dispositional Alternatives Project’.

More information about the grant awards can be found here.

·  JCPC-Endorsed Level II Projects were established in 2011 to address the localized needs of communities in working with youth who are deep in the juvenile justice system and are at high risk for reoffending.

·  Alternative to Commitment Projects were created at the direction of the General Assembly in 2004. This funding source allowed Juvenile Crime Prevention Councils (JCPCs) to establish community programs for youth who otherwise would be placed in a youth development center.

FCT Presented in Toronto


The FCT Foundation is excited to announce that Executive Director Tim Wood was a presenter at the 4th Global Implementation Conference on June 21, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. The FCT Foundation has presented at all GIC conferences to date and is excited to continue its collaboration with the GIC.

Topic title: Large Scale Cost Effectiveness; A Not for Profit Purveyor Model


Congratulations to all the 2017 Graduates!

Congratulations to all the 2017 graduates! Especially to these current or future FCT Clinicians:
-Eboni Moran & Daja Mayner @ Support Incorporated in NC
-Jacqueline Richards @ Communities for People in RI
-Jeanne-Marie Hogan @ Child & Family in RI
-Keisha Martin, Brad Herring & Konje Byron @ The SPARC Network in NC

Presenting FCT in Prague


Bright, C. L. (2017, July). Adapting juvenile justice interventions to serve youth with trauma histories.

Presented at the International Academy of Law and Mental Health¹s 35th International Congress on Law and Mental Health, Prague, Czech Republic.

The study is designed to understand the experiences and perceptions of service providers who provide Family Centered Treatment (FCT) to juvenile court-involved families. The study will explore the experiences about the level of comfort and skill in working with traumatized youth, the procedures they use to assess for trauma, the adaptations they make to existing services in the cause of trauma, and their perceptions of the success of these efforts.

We will randomly select service providers from clinicians currently or historically providing Family Centered Treatment (FCT) to juvenile court-involved families, and randomly select supervisors of these workers. We will use stratified random sampling to achieve some representation of each site (approximately 10 sites) in which FCT practitioners serve this population. Interviews will be audio-recorded and transcribed, then coded to identify themes. All eligible providers who agree to participate will be included in the study. No group assignment will occur.

Many youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system have a history of traumatic experiences, including child abuse or neglect, sexual victimization, or experiencing or witnessing assault. Service providers in juvenile justice have become more aware of trauma history and its potential role in both response to services and outcomes (such as re-offending) following services. Therefore, service providers have taken steps to both better identify youth with trauma histories and adapt their services for youth with trauma histories. Largely absent from existing literature is exactly how these identification and adaptation processes have occurred and how prepared providers are to work with traumatized youth. This study will generate exploratory data on these processes and seek to describe the current state of practice with traumatized court-involved youth receiving a particular set of services, Family Centered Treatment (FCT).

This study has the potential to promote better understanding about how the service providers identify youth with trauma histories and adapt their services for youth with trauma histories. It may have implications regarding best practices for work with traumatized youth in the juvenile justice system.








The FCT Foundation was established in 1992 under the name FamiliFirst. 2017 will mark 25 years of working with families in crisis. We are excited to hit this incredible milestone and look forward to many more years of service.

Check back in with us to hear about how we will be celebrating!



Members of the FCT Foundation attended the 2016 NC Counsel of Community Programs Conference in Pinehurst, NC. Numerous presentations were cited regarding the Family Centered Treatment model. If you  attended we would love to connect with you!




The Family Centered Treatment Foundation is pleased to announce that Carolina Outreach in North Carolina has been licensed as the 15th Licensed FCT organization!

For over a decade, Carolina Outreach has provided high-quality mental health services across the state of North Carolina.

Carolina Outreach continues to grow guided by and committed to a families-first, strengths-based approach in its advocacy—and it now offers services in more than 10 locations throughout the state.



Society for Social Work and Research

FCT Foundation Board of Directors member and Research Committee Chair, William Painter, will be co-presenting with a panel of experts at the Society for Social Work and Research national conference. The presentation, titled Family Centered Treatment and Juvenile Justice Outcomes, will occur Saturday, January 16th at 9:00am. More information about the presentation can be found here.


Additional information about the conference can be accessed by clicking on the picture below. We hope you can join us.

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The COJJ is now online for viewing

The FCT model was presented in a Coalition of Juvenile Justice webinar for the second time on Oct 22, 2016.  The feedback from the webinar was excellent.  You can view it yourself now on the COJJ website here or directly on Youtube.

If you have any questions or comments about the webinar or the new research presented within please feel free to contact the FCT Foundation.



FCT Welcomes Support Inc. of North Carolina!

The FCT Foundation is excited to welcome Support Inc. of North Carolina as our most recent member of the FCT Licensed Provider Network! Support will initially be providing FCT to families in the Southern Piedmont area of North Carolina.

FCT Foundation Granted CEU Provider Status

FCT clinicians and providers may now apply training time towards continuing education credits necessary for licensure.


FCT is now an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) through NBCC

FCT is now an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) through NBCC

The Family Centered Treatment (FCT) Foundation, Inc® announced that FCT clinicians can now obtain continuing education credit units (CEUs) towards Licensure, as FCT was recently endorsed as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) through the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. and Affiliates (NBCC). This change supports the ongoing learning and development of credentialed professionals providing FCT, and recognizes the excellent quality of the FCT training program curriculum.

“I am very pleased to be able to offer CEUs to all FCT Practitioners, Trainers, and Supervisors,” said John Sullivan, President of the FCTF Board of Directors. “Speaking as one of the founders and an early front line staff member, I know that learning never ends. FCT has always been an evolutionary model. We are constantly adding new and more effective interventions. This happens because the families that we serve and the FCT staff in the field never stop teaching us how to improve.”

The majority of clinicians providing FCT are licensed professionals or those in process of obtaining licensure. All professional counseling licensing boards require ongoing continuing education, therefore this provision on behalf of the Foundation is an added perk to FCT training and clinician job responsibilities.

The comprehensive Wheels of Change® training curriculum of FCT is rich with emotionally focused therapy components, trauma informed care practices, and family systems theory along with further incorporated modalities. Clinicians who complete the curriculum liken it to graduate level coursework. Now, in conjunction with clinicians learning a myriad of therapy techniques, they will also be able to count the training time towards continuing education requirements set forth by their respective licensure board.

"This is an exciting achievement for the FCT Foundation and our Wheels of Change Training platform,” notes Tim Wood, Executive Director, FCT Foundation. “We at the Foundation see this as a critical next step in recruiting, training, and retaining highly competent, value-driven personnel for our FCT organizations. Likewise, we are honored that NBCC has endorsed the Foundation’s ability to train hundreds of personnel impacting thousands of families every year."

FCT providers and clinicians wishing to learn more about receiving CEUs for their training time should contact Stephanie Glickman at Stephanie.Glickman(at)familycenteredtreatment.org or 704-617-5597.

About Family Centered Treatment (FCT)

Family Centered Treatment (FCT) is a practitioner-developed, evidence-driven model of home-based therapy for families struggling with a crisis or facing the possibility of removal of children from the home. The program was crafted over the course of twenty-five years to address the causes of family system breakdown. It is also a model of treatment that goes beyond behavioral change by addressing the functions of behavior in the family system. Learn more at http://www.FamilyCenteredTreatmentFoundation.org.

About Family Centered Treatment Foundation (FCTF)

Family Centered Treatment Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization and social entrepreneurship dedicated to maintaining the integrity of the family system. The FCT Foundation endorses the belief that evidence-based practices develop individualized and clinical practice guidelines of best practices to inform the improvement of whatever professional task is at hand. For over 20 years the FCT Foundation has been proud to assist organizations in enhancing their service delivery and impacting over 20,000 families! Learn more at http://www.FamilyCenteredTreatment.com.

John Sullivan, FCT Founder, on Reston News Channel 28

Family Centered Treatment Foundation Founder and Board President Dr. John Sullivan appeared on Reston News Channel 28 on April 8th, 2016 to talk with Delegate Ken Plum about the Foundation and Model's effectiveness in the community and how to ensure young people grow up to become successful adults.

View the FCT Youth-at-Risk Presentation

FCT Foundation representatives Tim Wood and Garry Talbert presented at the 27th Annual National Youth-at-Risk Conference in Savannah Georgia this week. The presentation Effective Implementation of a Family Centered Treatment Approach with High Risk Youth and their Families can be viewed and downloaded below!

Click to connect to the FCT High Risk Youth presentation on Snack Tools.

Click to connect to the FCT High Risk Youth presentation on Snack Tools.