We have seen many positive changes since implementing the Forward Focused Model in our system in 2012. The goal of any program should be building each client’s ability to have a healthy and successful life not just avoid reoffending. This is what the Forward Focused Model is doing for our youth.
– Heather C. Bowlds, PsyD, Associate Director of Mental Health, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Division of Juvenile Justice
Safer Society Press is pleased to introduce the Forward-Focused Model (FFM), a comprehensive, empirically-designed treatment program for court-involved adolescents. Developed by Dr. Nancy Calleja for the California Department of Juvenile Justice and implemented by the state of California in its juvenile facilities, the FFM is:
Three books form a solid foundation for implementing the FFM:
Together, the three books provide a complete and comprehensive treatment program that also includes quality assurance monitoring tools and an outcomes evaluation.
Dr. Calleja has put together a quick guide for implementing the FFM with individual youth. The Individual Treatment Delivery Guide can be found here.
Nancy G. Calleja is Chair of the Department of Counseling & Addiction Studies at the University of Detroit Mercy. She is also Clinical Director of Spectrum Human Services, Inc. and Affiliated Companies and has worked in juvenile justice for more than 25 years. Dr. Calleja has designed and implemented numerous treatment programs for adolescents and young adults, and has worked with both private agencies and public systems.
Nancy maintains a website with more information about the Forward-Focused Model.
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