Functional Family Therapy Training for 60 therapists available


Tim Ozechowki, Ph.D., of the Oregon Research Institute, Center for Family and Adolescent Research presented  to NMBHPA members on 8/21/2017 regarding a training opportunity for therapists to learn an evidence-based family treatment model known as Functional Family Therapy .   The training is free, funded by a grant from NIH to Dr. Holly Waldron who is the director of an FFT training and dissemination organization called Leading Implementations in Functional Family Therapy (LIFFT).  The project is seeking 60 therapists in New Mexico with internet access to participate in the training.  The centerpiece of the training is  weekly clinical supervision based on audio-recorded FFT sessions from each therapists’ active caseload. FFT sessions are uploaded to LIFFT’s web-based portal using a secure transmission. Dr. Waldron will uploaded FFT sessions and provide clinical supervision with individual therapists via phone or web-based teleconference.  After initial training,  the therapists will implement FFT with at least one adolescent client family.  After initial supervised training, therapists will use FFT with family therapy clients and continue to receive FFT supervision until receiving FFT certification. (Note that this project is not the same as previous mid-2000s FFT project, which was  implemented by a different organization.)
  •  Population?   No clinical constraints others than outpatient treatment model,. adolescents ages 12-18 generally.
  •  How much time invoked?   90 minutes a week + to begin with.
  • How is treatment reimbursed?    There is a Medicaid code to cover family therapy.
  • Provided in office vis a vis community???  Generally office, but mostly based on community standard, both will work.
  •  What is incentive to providers to learn a new modality?   Evidence based model, protocols will also contain instruments for clinical outcome…documentation of effectiveness, fidelity, ongoing clinical support, streamlining documentation using LIFFT’s online casenote and other documentation tools.
 For more information about signing up, contact Tim Ozechowski ( or Aleah Montano (

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