Family Home Services

The Family Home Model promotes acceptance, straight talk and loving relationships that promote a family environment and a reduction or cessation of behaviors.

In the late 1960s, psychologists Elaine Phillips, Elery Phillips, Dean Fixsen, and Montrose Wolf developed a treatment program to help individuals with intellectual disabilities who had been assigned to residential group homes. These researchers combined the successful components of their studies into the Teaching Family Model, which offers a structured support regimen in a family-like environment. 

The model is built around a committed couple (Teaching Parents) who live with the clients in a residential home to teach them essential interpersonal and living skills. Not only have teaching parents’ behaviors and techniques been assessed for their effectiveness, but they have also been tested for personality matching with their clients. Teaching Parents also work with parents, teachers, employers, and peers to ensure support for the individual’s positive changes. 

Couples are selected to be teaching parents based on their ability to provide individualized and affirming care. Teaching parents then undergo an intensive year long training process.  Diverse Journeys is always accepting applications for our Family Homes. Please submit your application today!