FCT clinicians respond quickly to referrals; the very nature of a referral indicates that a family is in acute crisis and needs support quickly.
Timely response provides an opportunity for engaging the family when they are more likely to be highly motivated to examine and change behaviors.
Three unique Family Centered Evaluation© instruments are used by the family to identify needed additions, changes, or improvements in family functioning skills.
Goals determined during Joining & Assessment provide the structure for guiding the family to negotiate tasks associated with daily living that agree with the goals set.
Repetitive transactional patterns, which develop over time into “rules” of interacting, drive how the family handles the tasks associated with daily living.
FCT interventions target shifting the repetitive interaction patterns that make up the structure of the family.
A critical and distinct component of FCT is when the family learns to recognize and value their new behaviors.
In the phase of valuing changes, FCT clinicians help the family examine the value of their changed behaviors. Sustainable change occurs when behavioral changes are valued and seen as necessary by the family.
Once a family enters this phase, they are no longer overwhelmed by the crises. Instead, they are handling them with their new skills and reporting the outcomes to their clinician.
FCT works with the family to determine the timing of closure, using an analytical process that evaluates the changes and the family’s ability to use the strategies independently of external agencies.