Family Group Decision Making:

For Individuals In Family Dependency Treatment Court

How does Family Group Decision Making work with Family Dependency Treatment Court?


  1. FGDM is a process where the person in recovery invites family members and support people to the FGDM meeting to develop a plan for their family.


  1. FGDM provides a safe, neutral and supportive place for the person in recovery, family and support people to share their thoughts and ideas.


  1. FGDM will be held during the beginning and/or middle of Family Dependency Treatment Court.


  1. FGDM and Family Dependency Treatment Court works as a team with the person in recovery to develop goals and plans to support the best interests of the family.


  1. FGDM issues may include placement decision making, parent-child visiting, aftercare, sobriety, education, housing employment, transportation, legal, financial, medical, spiritual, and basic life skills in order to remain chemically free.

How does the Family Group Decision Making process work during phase I?


Pre Conference  Coordinator and the person in recovery will discuss goals, purpose, invitation list (releases), location, date, time, and refreshments.  


All identified participants will be contacted regarding the process and sent invitations


FGDM Conference Agenda

  1. Welcome and introductions

  2. Goals/overview/purpose

  3. Communication guidelines

  4. Confidentiality    

  5. Strengths and concerns

  6. Family/friends private time

  7. Review plans with all participants

  8. Evaluation and closing

  9. Plans typed and sent to all participants and shared with Family Dependency Treatment Court Team

How does the Family Group Decision Making process work at the time of the follow-up conference?


Pre Follow-Up Conference Coordinator and person in recovery will discuss how their FGDM Plan has been working and schedule the follow-up conference.


All identified participants will be contacted regarding the follow-up conference and sent invitations


FGDM  Follow-Up Conference Agenda

  1. Welcome and introductions

  2. Communication guidelines

  3. Confidentiality

  4. Review first family plan

  5. Celebrate accomplishments

  6. Person in recovery shares their relapse plan

  7. Evaluation and closing

  8. Plans typed and sent to all participants and shared with Family Dependency Treatment Court Team

Frequently Asked Questions:


Who is invited to FGDM   Conference?

The person in recovery develops the invitation list including family, friends and support people.


Who is meant by family?

Family is any person identified by the person in recovery as supportive to the family.


Where will conferences be held?

Conferences will be held in a comfortable atmosphere that is a culturally appropriate neutral location for participants.


How long do meetings last?

The first conference typically lasts three to four hours.  The follow-up conference typically lasts about two hours.