One day in person workshop with 6 CEUs coming to Florida

St. Pete Beach, Florida

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Course Title: Functional Family Therapy: A Family Centered & Evidence-Based Treatment Model for Mental Health, Child Welfare and Foster Care Settings

Training Date: September 29th, 2022 9am – 4pm

Location: Bellwether Beach Resort 5250 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706 

Instructor: Thomas L. Sexton, Ph. D, ABPP (

Who should attend: Social Workers, Counselors, Grad Students, CBC & BH Administrators, Nonprofit Administrators, Private Practice Clinicians

Course Description: Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is one of the early models of family treatment that helped establish family therapy as a mainstream treatment approach. In the 1990’s through the 2000s, FFT gained the title of an "evidence-based" treatment and was at the center at the beginning of the evidence-based practice movement that revolutionized Juvenile Justice treatment. Twenty years later, FFT is one of the premiere treatment models for adolescent conduct problems, drug use, and mental health concerns for youth in child welfare and foster care. Today FFT adaptions in Foster Care (FFT-FC) and in Child Welfare Prevention Services are being used around both nationally and internationally. FFT was recently listed by the Family First Prevention Services Act as a well-supported and approved treatment for use in Child-Welfare.

This workshop will illustrate the use and phases of FFT in a variety of contexts including mental health, child welfare and therapeutic foster care. Using video tapes, PowerPoint and case examples, the focus will be on the unique application of the core principles of FFT to complex mental health problems of young. The workshop will illustrate how FFT and its integrated measurement feedback system can help guide treatment, adjust treatment, improve outcomes, and further engage clients in treatment.

Learning Objectives:           

  • Participants will gain knowledge to show FFT’s ability to be both precise and “evidence-based” while at the same time being family centered
  • Participants will learn how technology brings family voice into the center of clinical decision making
  • Participants will learn how FFT can fit in mental health, juvenile justice, child welfare, and foster care settings

Course Policies and Procedures:

  • Participants will arrive 1⁄2 hour prior to the start of the workshop to sign in.
  • Participants must show ID and be present for the entire workshop in order to earn CE’s.
  • Cell phones must be turned off or muted.


  • $100 before September 1st
  • $125 after September 1st
  • $50 Student Rate
  • Groups of 3 or more, contact us for special rate


  • 8:30 – 10:30 (2 Hours)
    • Introduction
    • History of Functional Family Therapy (FFT)
    • FFT Adaptations and Uses
    • Core Principles of FFT
    • Model Overview
  • Break (15 min)
  • 10:45 – 12:00 (1 hour 15 minutes)
    • Engagement & Motivation(EM) Phase
    • Video Example: EM Phase
    • Discussion and Application to Practice
  • Lunch Break 12:00 – 1:00 PM
  • 1:00 – 2:30 (1 hour 30 minutes)
    • Behavior Change (BC) Phase
    • Video Example: BC Phase
    • Discussion and Application to Practice
  • Break (10 minutes)
  • 2:40 – 4:00pm (1 hour 20 minutes)
    • Generalization Phase
    • Video Example: Generalization Phase
    • Technology: The use of clinical feedback systems and family voice in evidence-based decision making
    • Course Evaluations

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