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School Based Counseling

For more than 100 years, EmberHope’s FCS Counseling program has provided hope and healing to individuals, couples and families. Our school-based counseling program helps decrease a child’s time out of the classroom and helps families decrease financial and transportation burdens. We are located in several schools in the Wichita and Haysville districts.

Our skilled staff specialize in treating children and teens and have expertise in treating a wide range of issues including:

  • Depression, anxiety and grief
  • Child and adolescent behavior problems
  • Sexual, emotional and physical abuse
  • Chronic problems with self-harm, suicide and anger
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Anger management
  • Family conflict
  • Hyperactivity and inattention
  • Challenges associated with bullying, low self-esteem and defiance

With a 96 percent satisfaction rate, clients tell us their lives have become more manageable.

Forms and Documents

For a list of downloadable forms and documents please click here.

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Functional Family Therapy

Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is a nationally-recognized, evidence-based model that was developed to work with juvenile offenders and their families. Offered through FCS Counseling, the goal is to help youth be successful on supervision from the Juvenile Justice System and prevent them from moving further into the system. This highly effective model is proven to reduce recidivism by 25%-60% while increasing parental supervision and involvement.

Efforts are made to make FFT affordable for all families. Funding for FFT is made possible by Sedgwick County Crime Prevention funds, insurance payments and client fees. Most major insurances are accepted including Medicaid and Cenpatico. Private insurance may have a deductible or co-pay. A sliding fee scale is available.

FFT Therapists Work Towards:
  • Engaging the family in treatment and motivating family members to work toward a common goal
  • Matching intervention to the specific family and their relationships
  • Helping the family use the changes in other settings like school, work and with extended family
  • Addressing issues with communication, problem solving, negotiation skills and family relationships

FFT serves families of youth ages 11-18 who have had contact with the Juvenile Justice System and have risk factors such as delinquency, family conflict, poor school performance, running away, substance abuse and violence. Youth must be living with their families and need to be referred through the Juvenile Justice System. If it is determined that the client needs both individual and family therapy individual therapy a referral will be made after FFT has been completed. Most mental health issues can be addressed utilizing this model. Youth will not be eligible if currently receiving family therapy.

Frequency and Duration

The family therapy model usually lasts 12-15 sessions over a three month period. Services are tailored to fit the family therefore length of treatment and duration may vary. Client services can be provided at the therapist’s office, family’s home, in the school, or the community,if needed. Location generally depends on the client’s ability to get to our office, scheduling, safety, and insurance. For more information on Functional Family Therapy visit fftllc.com


Michael Brewer, LCMFT, LCAC
Beverly Goering, LSCSW, LCAC
Stephanie Franklin, LMFT

For more information about FFT and/or how to make a referral please send an email to fftreferrals@fcscounseling.com

Forms and Documents

For a list of downloadable forms and documents please click here.

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In Home Family Therapy

Our in-home family therapy program is structured to work with clients and their families in the client’s home.  Family therapy has been shown to be helpful with a variety of different behavioral problems and mental health diagnoses. It is designed to work with clients who have been determined as Severely Emotionally Disturbed (SED). This means that the client has a mental health diagnosis, meet age requirements and struggles in at least one area of their life, which are broken down to family, school, and community. This is determined by one of our therapists.

Benefits of the program include that families are able to be seen in their home, so they do not need to come to the office, and it is paid for through Medicaid.

Why In-home family therapy? The In-Home family therapist:

  • will help the family identify and overcome barriers to their children’s success in school and community
  • will Increase the opportunity for family members to attend and engage in the therapy process who would otherwise have a difficult time getting to an office
  • will offer support to newly blended families – removing barriers and defenses in family members by meeting on their territory
  • will involve the family in working on obtaining goals that they have identified as areas of concern.
  • will help the family identify other resources available to them.
  • will help improve communication within the family.