Family First: Intensive In Home Family Therapy
An Intensive In Home Community Based Service
The Family First Intensive In Home Therapy Program focuses on families that are struggling to raise children who have had adverse childhood experiences, children who have recently come out of treatment and need to be integrated back into the family and community, and/or families who need help supporting their children in long-term recovery. This is a program that guides parents in making their home a safe and secure place, increases family functioning, and helps the child to build trust and stability. The program utilizes family therapy in conjunction with the Strengthening Families approach and the protective factors framework, as well as a multidisciplinary approach to encourage families towards resiliency and healthy functioning in the home and community. Intensive in-home family therapy and multidisciplinary therapy is considered to be the highest level of effective, evidenced-based treatment for at-risk youth and children with adverse childhood experiences.
The Program goals are based on the strengthening families’ five protective factors that promote healthy family functioning and strong attachments.
1) Build strong social connections through creating a safe environment in the home for the parents, for siblings, and for the identified child.
2) Build concrete support by helping the family to utilize and also give back to community services and in community involvement.
3) Build knowledge of parenting and child development through empowering the adults to understand and implement structure and nurture while rebuilding strong attachments.
4) Build social emotional competency for family stability.
5) Build parental resilience to manage general life and parenting stress and functioning when faced with stressors, challenges, or adversity; the outcome is positive change and growth.
FAQ - For parents
What are some of the most common behaviors you work with?
- Aggression, anger, out-of-control behavior, defiance, oppositional, ADHD
Who is best suited for this program?
- Foster-adopt families
- Adoptive families (and those considering disruption)
- Kids coming out of detention
- Kids coming out of residential
- Kids coming out of the hospital (mental health)
- Families that are asking for residential placement but prior to qualifying
- If you
- are afraid of your child or have considered calling the police
- don’t have the relationship you want with your child
- have contemplated having your child out of the home
- are willing to try one last thing. (It actually helps if you’ve tried a lot of other things. Even being close to the edge of giving up can work in your favor.)
- are highly invested in wanting to see changes in the child and the family and are willing to try almost anything to make it work. You don’t expect it to be easy but are willing to roll up your sleeves and do whatever it takes to make it successful.
Who is not the best fit for this program?
- If you just want your child out of the house and aren’t willing to try. Or if you aren’t willing to work on your own recovery issues. But we can do a lot together if you’re willing!
- Foster families – because Family First is about building strong attachments. (But Foster-adopt families are a good fit.)
- Substance abuse issues – there are other programs specifically addressing these needs.
Why should I try this program instead of sending my child to residential treatment?
- The problem with residential is not only the expense, but what happens when the child eventually comes home. We believe you are the best change agent for your family. We’ve seen amazing success when parents are trained with the specific tools to help their kids heal, paired with in-house, in-the-moment support.
Will the program work if my child is already in residential treatment?
- Yes! We will start working with you and the facility before your child comes home so you already have the program in place to help in the transition.
My child is in detention, is it too late?
- Definitely not. We’ve seen great success in kids coming out of detention as we work closely with both parole officers and the parents.
What ages work for the program?
- Pretty much any age–very young or adult children living at home
How long is the program?
- Six months to a year depending on the community services available to your family. The most intensive part is typically the first 90 days.
What mental health diagnoses do you work with?
- Any mental health diagnosis is okay; even low functioning.