What is Family Behavior Therapy?

 

Family Behavior Therapy (FBT) is a cost-effective intervention and evidence-based treatment which utilizes innovative, easily learned, behavioral therapies to treat substance abuse and various problem behaviors for adults and youth within the family context. FBT sessions usually occur once a week, vary in number of sessions but usually conclude after 4-6 months, dependent on the family and situations. More sessions are conducted when target populations are particularly problematic. Realizing substance abusers and their family members are notorious for session non-attendance, FBT can incorporate an enlistment and retention strategy that has proven to be effective in the improvement of FBT session attendance.

Therapists guide families in the selection of their own treatment plan from a menu of alternatives. Selected therapies are implemented successively and cumulatively. This is, after each intervention is implemented for the first time, it is reviewed in all subsequent sessions to a lesser extent as relevant skills are developed. FBT includes the incorporation of assessment and prevention programming targeting HIV risk behaviors, child management skills training, and protocols specific to home-based implementation for clients in child protective services (e.g. home safety tours, basic needs assessment and intervention).