Family Centered Treatment

Family Centered Treatment

Supporting Families in Crisis as they Heal Together

Family Centered Treatment FCT © is a home-based therapy that works with the entire family unit. This home-based treatment approach keeps families together and reduces the need for out of home placements. SouthLight is one of only a few agencies in North Carolina that is qualified to provide this national program, which is based on research, experience and evidence of effectiveness.

What does FCT include?

  • Comprehensive Clinical Assessment
  • In-Home sessions
  • 24-hour crisis intervention
  • Trauma treatment
  • Engages the entire family

What is Family-Centered Treatment?

Family-Centered Treatment is a home-based therapy model designed to find simple, practical, and common-sense solutions for families faced with disruption or dissolution of their family. This can be due to external and/or internal stressors, circumstances, or forced removal of their children from the home due to the youth’s undesirable behavior or parent’s harmful behaviors.

The program is provided with families of special populations of all ages involved with agencies that specialize in child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, developmental disabilities, juvenile justice, and crossover youth.

Program goals

  • Enable family stability
  • Enable changes in critical areas of family functioning that are the underlying causes
  • Bring a reduction in hurtful and harmful behaviors affecting family functioning
  • Develop an emotional and functioning balance in the family so that the family can cope effectively with any individual member’s intrinsic or unresolvable challenges
  • Enable changes in referred client behavior to include family system involvement so that changes are not dependent upon the therapist

How does it work?

  • With the whole family as defined by the family
  • Meet in their home at days of the week and times of day that are convenient for the family.
  • Session schedules during the most troublesome and difficult times and as they occur.
  • Provides 24/7 on-call crisis support for the family with their known clinical staff. (not a universal on-call system)
  • Provides opportunities for the family to practice functioning differently. These weekly “enactments” are integral to the process. (not just talk therapy)
  • A minimum of 2 multiple-hour sessions per week excluding the ramping up period (1st month) and the slowing down period (last month of treatment). Lengthier and more frequent sessions are available based on assessed need. On-call support is available 24 hours a day every day of the year.
  • While the length of treatment is driven by family need and progress, the average length of treatment is 6 months.

Who qualifies for FCT services at SouthLight?

  • SouthLight provides Family Centered Treatment (FCT©) in Wake and Durham counties at this time. The child (3 to 20 years old) in the family must have Medicaid. SouthLight has two Spanish-speaking FCT clinicians and a diverse team of licensed professionals who genuinely care about the families that come under our care.

What family issues do we address?

  • Families experiencing legal charges, substance use, alcohol use, mental health concerns, trauma, domestic violence in the home, loss of a family member, recent suspensions from school, psychiatric hospitalizations, jail time, autism spectrum disorder that interferes with the child’s quality of life, aggressive behavior, oppositional defiance, unemployment, homelessness, and/or an unstable home environment, and more.

More Information

Refer a Client

If you are a practitioner and would like to make a referral to the FCT program at SouthLight, then an FCT referral form is availablehere.

Meet Atia and learn about FCT at SouthLight!

“The child is our client, but family involvement is key.”

Atia Wise, FCT Supervisor