Type of services provided:
Family-inclusive, trauma-informed, skill-building program that applies a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) model with families recovering from substance abuse that are at high risk for domestic violence and/or child abuse. CF! provides weekly instructional sessions devoted to a particular theme including communication, making healthy choices, feelings and defenses and anger management. Meetings start with a family meal. Parents and children then meet in separate group sessions. After group sessions, parents and children reunite for a 30-minute activity to practice what has been learned.
Community agency, residential and outpatient treatment services, school, drug courts, dependency courts, faith-based organizations, social service agencies
Length of program/number of sessions:
Type(s) of trauma/concerns addressed:
Families in which one or more parents are in early state of recovery from substance addiction and there is a high risk for domestic violence and/or child abuse.
Education level of providers:
Program can be administered by paraprofessionals; a clinical supervisor for oversight and consultation is recommended.
This program, originally designed for the Family Drug Treatment Court system and implemented in approximately twenty states, addresses the co-occurrence of parental substance abuse and family violence. The CF! intervention can be delivered by paraprofessionals.