Frequently Asked Questions

How much will this cost?
Outpatient services are conducted at an hourly rate by the FMF therapist. All intake consultations are billed at an hourly rate of $275/hour.

Intensive interventions depend on the number of days the family participates in treatment and the number of therapists involved. An estimated fee schedule is attached.
What is the success rate of this therapy?
The current state of the research evidence on reintegration therapy is limited and fraught with methodological challenges. Research outcomes are inconclusive and unreliable at this time. Anecdotal reports include positive gains, the family situation remaining the same, and in some cases the situation worsening. Any and all of these outcomes are the result of many contributing factors.
Is the rejected parent usually the father or the mother?
Rejected parents can be either the father or the mother. Research has shown that typically the rejected parent is the non-custodial parent. It is less common for the rejected parent to be the custodial parent, although Families Moving Forward clinicians have encountered these situations and have experience with these dynamics as well.
Will Families Moving Forward assist in 'deprogramming' my child?
No. Clinicians at Families Moving Forward use a family systems model to work with families presenting with resist-refuse dynamics. FMF therapists will use a myriad of educational tools, clinical approaches and techniques including: psychotherapy, psycho-education, experiential approaches and concepts derived from cognitive science.
Do I need a court order to be able to participate in this therapy?
For participation in outpatient therapy or the whole family intensive intervention, a court order or order on consent is highly recommended. An informed consent service agreement is required with or without a court order.

For participation in the rejected parent-child intensive intervention, a court order granting custody to the rejected parent in conjunction with an interim suspension of contact with the favored parent is required.
What is the objective of the 'Clinical Intake Consultation'?

The objective of this consultation is to advise family members and respective counsel, based on the information received, if your family may benefit from participation in the FMF whole family intensive intervention or another form of treatment.

A comprehensive custody/access assessment is not conducted. Accordingly, the results of the clinical intake consultation and any related observations or opinions should not be construed as recommendations pertaining to the custody (decision making authority), access (parenting time), or 'best interests' of the child(ren).

Although we rely on the totality of all information obtained, the objective of the clinical intake consultation is not to reassess or critique an existing custody/access assessment (s.30 or s.112 investigation) or any other professional reports or professional recommendations. We do not reassess the veracity of allegations previously investigated or assessed. We work under the assumption that the court, the child protection agency, the child custody assessor or the Office of the Children's Lawyer (OCL) has taken into consideration the allegations brought forth by the parents and child(ren).

What is involved in the 'Clinical Intake Consultation'?

The consultation is based on several sources of information, including:

  • comprehensive intake questionnaires completed by each parent
  • contact with legal counsel
  • individual intake meetings with each parent
  •  possible meeting with the child(ren) (at the discretion of the clinician)
  • possible meeting with the child(ren) and one or both parents (at the discretion of the clinician)
  • review of collateral information (by way of reviewing reports or direct contact) with relevant professionals who are currently involved, or have been previously involved with the family (e.g., assessors, therapists, physicians, child protection workers, etc.)
  • review of court documents and court orders
What is required for acceptance into the FMF Whole Family Intensive Intervention?

When considering a family for our whole family intensive intervention, we are guided by the principle of 'do no harm', as well as consideration of the clinical benefits that may occur for the child(ren) and parents.  At a minimum, whether endorsed by a court finding or the consent of both parents, the intervention is guided by the principle that irrespective of the nature of the parent-child contact problem, it is in the child(ren)'s best interests to have a good relationship with both parents, for the strained relationship to be repaired, and for there to be better overall family functioning. In the absence of an agreement about this essential principle, the family will need to seek services elsewhere to determine what is in the child(ren)'s best interests where reintegration with the resisted parent is concerned.

The decision to move forward with the FMF Whole Family Intensive Intervention following the Clinical Intake Consultation will be dependent upon our assessment – based on the information obtained – of whether both parents are likely to comply with court orders and service agreements, demonstrate a willingness and commitment to therapy, and have the ability to accept responsibility for the solution and demonstrate the reflective capacity for change.

Where are the 'intensives' conducted?
The intensives are usually conducted at a vacation resort that allows the family opportunities for recreation and enjoyable interactions. In select circumstances (rejected parent and child intensives only), FMF team leaders may conduct the intervention in the family's home setting. It is our policy that the family combines the program with a brief vacation at the conclusion of the intensive.
How long are the days during the intensive interventions?

It is important for parents and child(ren) (and therapists) to get a good night's sleep and FMF clinicians will do their utmost to promote this. Prior to the intervention we query what time the child(ren) usually go to bed and we plan each day accordingly. The intervention day tends to run from about 8:30 or 9am - 8pm; this includes time for breakfast, lunch and dinner, breaks, recreational time during the day and an evening activity.

Once the child(ren) are settled into bed, the therapists will convene to plan and prepare for the next day based on what happened earlier throughout the day. Sometimes, there is work with one or both parents after 8pm or before 9am, but there is effort to keep it brief, and at times there may be a quick check in with one parent or the other. Please see the Overview of Intensive Intervention.

How old does my child need to be to participate in an intensive intervention?
The minimum age required for a child to participate in a Families Moving Forward intensive intervention is around eight (8) years old. In some cases where there are older children the youngest child may be somewhat younger than eight (8) years old. Decisions about this will depend upon the unique aspects of each referral, and will be made during the intake.
Do all siblings participate in the program, or just the ones resisting/refusing contact?
In most circumstances, subject to their ages, all siblings are required to participate in the program.
Is this program confidential?
Typically, court ordered interventions are NOT confidential to the extent that reporting to the court may be necessary. Status reports to court may be a requirement per the court order, in the event there have been obstacles in implementing the intervention or when it has not been successful. Communication with other professionals involved with the family may also be a requirement. Disclosure of information to others will require the written consent of the parents and will need to be included in any orders.
Is there a sample outline of the intensive intervention program?
I am interested in attending this program and will be seeking an order from the court. Is there anything specific I should be asking for?
Yes. See Court Order Checklist and a sample order that contains specific clauses necessary for smooth and successful participation in the program.
My family will be participating in a FMF Intensive Intervention. What do I bring with me to the resort?
See What to Bring document