Our Youth, our Future

Pae Whakatupuranga | Functional Family Therapy – Cross Generations (FFT-CG)

The Pae Whakatupuranga FFT-CG team supports family/whānau to reduce their involvement with the New Zealand justice system. It’s designed for young people aged 10-24 years and their family/whānau. Our highly trained therapists meet with whānau in their homes or other convenient locations and work with them to:

  • Reduce the risk of intergenerational involvement in the justice system
  • Strengthen family relationships
  • Improve the way family members interact and communicate with each other
  • Improve family wellbeing by reducing aggression and conflict in the home
  • Help young people stay in the home or transition successfully to independent living
  • Help young people either stay in or return to school, training or employment. 

From 1 July 2019, the FFT-CG programme is being piloted in Greater Auckland. The programme is being delivered in partnership by Youth Horizons, Oranga Tamariki, Police, Corrections, and FFT LLC (the developers of the FFT model).

How does Pae Whakatupuranga FFT-CG work?

Our therapists are responsive to the cultural identity of the young person and their whānau and are trained to work in ways that are effective for all New Zealanders and with a mana enhancing approach with Māori and Pasifika families.

  • Our therapists work hard to build a strong relationship with families and whānau built on trust and respect.
  • Tikanga Māori and Pasifika frameworks have been woven throughout the programme to ensure it’s relevant for young people and their whānau here in Aotearoa.
  • Our Kaumātua and Māori and Pasifika cultural advisors work closely with our therapists to ensure a good fit and positive outcomes for young people and their whānau.

For the programme to work, all members of the household need to take part. Members of the extended whānau may also participate. The number of Pae Whakatupuranga FFT-CG sessions, and the duration of the intervention, will vary to best meet the needs of young people and their whānau experiencing the justice system. 

The five focus areas are: 

  • Building a trusting relationship between the whānau and the therapist
  • Working to reduce conflict by building a hopeful and positive whānau environment
  • Identifying how whānau interactions can affect behaviour
  • Working to improve communication and conflict management skills
  • Encouraging and supporting the whānau to strengthen their relationships with key people in their community such as teachers and sports coaches.

Our therapists work with the whānau to set goals and milestones so they can see how they’re tracking through the programme. There are plenty of opportunities to celebrate strengths and successes, which is motivating when the going gets tough.

How can whānau access Pae Whakatupuranga FFT-CG?

The intervention is available for families/whānau in Greater Auckland, including Franklin to the South, Waiheke Island, and Wellsford to the North.

Youth Justice: Oranga Tamariki South Auckland Referrals are made by the South Auckland Oranga Tamariki Youth Justice sites at Otara, Otahuhu, Manurewa, and Papakura for young people aged 10-17 years who are living at home or returning home following a period in residential care. 

Corrections: Referrals are made by Auckland Region Women’s Corrections Facility and Community Corrections offices at Franklin, Manukau, Mangere, Manurewa, Otara and Papakura for young people aged 18-24 years who are on a community sentence or on probation.

Police: Referrals are made by Auckland City and Waitemata Districts for young people aged 10-17 years where police wish to stop progression through the justice system.

To read the literature review about Pae Whakatupuranga | FFT completed by Whakauae Research for Māori Health and Development, click here. 

Contact Us

For more information about Pae Whakatupuranga FFT-CG, contact our Referrals Coordinator at  fftcg-referrals@youthorizons.org.nz.