UCD Family Therapy Research presented at World Conference
Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is an evidence-based approach to treating adolescent conduct problems. Speaking at the IFTA World Conference, Clare Graham said ‘US studies have shown that FFT reduces recidivism in young offenders. Preliminary results from our Irish study indicate that FFT significantly reduces behavioural problems in Irish teenagers.’ Clare Graham is a member of Professor Alan Carr’s research team, based in the UCD School of Psychology. In collaboration with Professor Tom Sexton from Indiana University the team is working with a number of community-based agencies and a group of therapists trained in FFT by Professor Sexton to assess the effectiveness of this therapeutic approach to ameliorating adolescent conduct disorders. The Irish FFT team is based at Families First, a CPLN agency in Clondalkin. Young people are referred for FFT by a range of agencies including the Irish Garda Youth Diversion Projects, the National Behaviour Support Service and the Aisling Adolescent Addiction Treatment Centre. The project is funded by Atlantic Philanthropies.