March 28, 2018 

Many Family Treatment Courts (FTCs) are challenged with effectively responding to participant behavior. The complexities of supporting real behavior change and providing accountability to achieve the goals of recovery and safe parenting require a renewed mindset towards sanctions and incentives. This Café Conversation explores key considerations on responding to participant behavior and the wide range of responses available. This will require your team to be individualistic yet fair, problem-solving and therapeutic in its approach. FTCs will also need to consider the underlying causes of the behavior and the effect of the response on the participant’s children, and the parent’s engagement in treatment and supportive services. 

This Café Conversation highlights the most recent research and explore hot topics surrounding sanctions and incentives, such as use of jail, phase advancement, and termination. Join us on March 28th for a Live Conversation to hear FTC professionals talk about their experiences and lessons learned in responding to participant behavior. Numerous learning opportunities and resources will be provided to enhance learning. First, view our pre-recorded video presentation (30-minute duration), which will cover essential information about this topic.  A Team Discussion Guide will also be available so FTC practitioners can view and discuss together. Finally, a Take Action Guide will be provided to ensure attendees translate learning to practice. 


  • Tessa Richter, Senior Program Associate, Children and Family Futures
  • Honorable Aurora Martinez Jones, Judge, Travis County Family Drug Treatment Court (Travis County, TX)
  • Jennifer Maddux, CPS-FBSS Drug Court Specialist III (Travis County, TX)
  • Susana Castillo, Parent Attorney (Travis County, TX) 

Learning Objectives: 

1. Learn the key guiding principles of responding to participant behavior in FTCs 

2. Understand the unique challenges of FTCs in responding to participant behavior and the importance of being family-centered and therapeutic in its approach 

3. Learn from other FTC professionals how they are creatively and thoughtfully responding to participant behavior

Post Webinar Podcast

In this Podcast Interview we interview the Honorable Dana J. Kenworthy, who presides on the Family Treatment Court in Grant County, Indiana.  This podcast hosted by CFF Senior Program Associate Tessa Richter explores Hon. Kenworthy and her team moved towards a move behavioral approach and thoughtful approaches regarding responding to participant behavior and decision-making involving reunification.

Live Cafe Conversations