The MENTOR Network

Family Centered Treatment

The MENTOR Network's Family Centered Treatment model of family preservation

At The MENTOR Network, we believe that children belong at home with their family of origin whenever possible. Our goal is to help families overcome the challenges they face and stay together. We offer Family Centered Treatment® (FCT©)—an evidence-based model of family preservation designed to help families who are at risk learn, grow and interact in a positive way. The MENTOR Network is fortunate to leverage the expertise of the original developers of FCT, who joined our organization in 2009, and continue to help us deliver and expand the use of this innovative model in communities across the country.

Using the FCT model, we treat the entire family—not just the child. We work with the child, parents, siblings and members of the extended family who are involved in the child’s circle of support. By helping the entire family make positive changes, we are able to produce meaningful, lasting outcomes.

  • 89% of families achieve their permanency goals (youth either remained at home, were reunited with their family, or transitioned to planned placement upon discharge).
  • 97% of families and clinicians reported that youth made positive progress towards primary treatment goal.
    Based on The MENTOR Network’s 2013 Family Centered Treatment® outcome data for engaged clients in FL, MD, MA, and NC.

In-Home Treatment

FCT is a cost-effective family preservation model that is expanding to meet the growing demand for evidence-based, intensive in-home services in several states.

As an alternative to traditional out-of-home treatments, FCT includes:

  • Individualized Service Plans
  • Case management
  • Counseling/behavioral therapy
  • Skills training
  • Trauma treatment
  • Medication management
  • Resource coordination
  • Crisis interventions

FCT is part of The MENTOR Network’s continuum of care for children at risk and their families. For youth being served in The Network’s Therapeutic Foster Care and residential programs, we utilize the FCT model to help reunite them with their families when it is in the best interest of the child. For young people living at home, our skilled therapists bring FCT services into their home, where they can learn the skills they need to succeed in their everyday lives.

Specialized Services and Supports

FCT provides a flexible and accessible in-home treatment option for families with a range of needs, including:

  • Emotional and behavioral challenges
  • Substance abuse challenges
  • Domestic violence trauma
  • Court-involved youth
  • Sexual offender/reactive behavior

Our team of master’s-level clinicians includes licensed counselors, licensed social workers and licensed marriage and family therapists who undergo rigorous training. They receive a breadth of theoretical and practical knowledge through Wheels of Change©, a training and certification program specifically designed for FCT. Before clinicians begin working with families, they must complete certification and demonstrate a mastery of skills required to practice the core components of the model.

FCT has been recognized as an evidence-based or promising practice by a number of organizations and publications:

  • In 2012, FCT was listed in the matrix of practices identified by U.S. Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services in the publication “Evidence-Based Practices for Children Exposed to Violence: A Selection from Federal Databases.”
  • In 2012, “Family Centered Treatment—An Alternative to Residential Treatments for Adjudicated Youth: Outcomes and Cost-Effectiveness” was published in the semi-annual, peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).
  • In 2013, FCT was selected for listing with the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC) as an evidence-based model highly relevant for child welfare needs.
  • In 2014, FCT was selected as an intervention for listing by SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

Contact the location nearest you for more information on the Family Centered Treatment model.