Putting the Pieces Together: Applying a Family-Centered, Problem-Solving Approach to Family Treatment Court Staffing and Court Hearings


Save the Date: May 25, 2021 | 11 – 12:30 PT | 12 – 1:30 MT | 1 – 2:30 CT | 2-3:30 ET

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As the field prepares to celebrate National Reunification Month in June, this Practice Academy course discusses key components of a family-centered, behavior-focused, problem-solving approach in FTC pre-court staffing and court hearings.  FTCs focused primarily on a parent’s recovery when they first emerged in the mid-1990s.  Over the past decade, however, many FTCs evolved to meet the individual needs of parents and children.  Still, services felt disconnected from each another and often overlooked the health of parent-child or family relationships.

Today, model FTCs treat the parent, child, and the family unit as a whole — allowing families to break the cycle of substance use, child abuse, and neglect — while paving the way for healthy, stable home environments where children can thrive.  This course makes the abstract concepts concrete, illustrating how teams can apply these principles at FTC pre-court staffing and court hearings to improve outcomes for families in all FTC models (integrated, parallel, and hybrid).

Watch the short, animated videos demonstrating a model FTC pre-court staffing and court hearing prior to the Live Conversation on May 25.  Then, use the Team Discussion tool to guide conversation with your team while assessing your strengths and challenges in adopting this approach.  Finally, join the Live Conversation on May 25 to hear from an FTC team who has made this “enhanced approach” to staffing and court hearings their “new normal.”  Following the Live Conversation, use the Take Action tool to shift learning into action and monitor the effect on family outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how your FTC pre-court staffing and court hearings shape the path for families working toward reunification and successful case closure.
  2. Learn how to ensure FTC pre-court staffing and court hearings address the family’s needs.
  3. Examine how to implement effective engagement strategies for families affected by SUDs by shifting from “problem reporting” to “problem solving” in your pre-court staffing.
  4. Use the Team Discussion tool and Take Action tool to create an action plan to guide implementation of this approach in your FTC.

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