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Mental Health & Addictions Service


Functional Family Therapy (FFT)

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Peer / advocacy / group / family whānau support


Dunedin - South Otago, Southland, Waitaki, North Auckland, East Auckland, Central Lakes, Northland, Central Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Lakes, Taranaki, Hawkes Bay, Whanganui, MidCentral, West Auckland, South Auckland

Age Groups

Youth / Rangatahi

Referral Process

To make a referral for our FFT service, our referral form (below) must be completed by an Oranga Tamariki (OT) social worker.

Who is it for?
Young people aged 10-17 who have significant behavioural challenges and/or mental health problems.

  • Referral Form (PDF, 353.3 KB)
    To be completed by an Oranga Tamariki (OT) social worker only.

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Functional Family Therapy (FFT) therapists provide a family intervention of approximately 3-6 months, typically for one hour per week, with young people and their family/whānau. These young people and their family/whānau have been identified as needing family therapy for conduct problems or other behavioural or mental health concerns by Oranga Tamariki. In the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions, FFT can also be accessed via the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). This evidenced-based therapy is delivered in the home environment. 

This service operates in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Taranaki, Rotorua, Taupō, Bay of Plenty, Whanganui, Palmerston North, Napier, and the Lower South Island. 

Contact Details

This page was last updated at 11:27AM on May 19, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by Youth Horizons.