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What are the Long Term Effects of Brief Strategic Family Therapy for Adolescent Substance Use?

About the Course:

Young adult drug use and law breaking behaviors often have roots in adolescence. These behaviors are predicted by early drug use, parental substance use disorders, and disrupted and conflict-ridden family environments. This study aims to examine long-term outcomes of Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT) compared to treatment as usual (TAU) in the rates of drug use, number of arrests and externalizing behaviors in young adults who were randomized into treatment conditions as adolescents.

Publication Date:

Am J Addict. 2015 October ; 24(7): 637–645. doi:10.1111/ajad.12278 2015 October

Course Material Authors

Viviana E. Horigian, MD

Viviana E. Horigian, MD, MHA, is Associate Professor of the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She is currently serving as the Director of Public Health Education and as a director of the Americas Initiative for Public Health Innovation.  She is also the Executive Director of the Florida Node Alliance of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN) housed at the University of Miami. Most of her research within the CTN network has been dedicated to evaluating the effects of a family therapy intervention, Brief Strategic Family Therapy BSFT®, for adolescent drug abuse. Dr. Horigian’s research career has been committed to improving practice through the implementation of clinical trials in real-world settings, and more recently in creating the local capacities that would allow the implementation of such trials.

Daniel J. Feaster, PhD

Dr. Feaster works on interventions to counteract the impact of substance abuse and mental health issues on the HIV treatment and prevention care cascades and improve health outcomes and service use in these individuals. He also focuses on implementation research on how to best disseminate evidence-based interventions in these areas. Dr. Feaster also works to develop methods and approaches to predict treatment response and explain treatment heterogeneity.

Michael S. Robbins, PhD

Dr. Michael Robbins is a Senior Scientist at the Oregon Research Institute and Director of Research for Functional Family Therapy, Inc. Dr. Robbins has extensive experience conducting clinical research on family therapy with drug using, delinquent adolescents and their families. He has directly overseen the training of hundreds of family therapists, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Robbins is a frequent lecturer and consultant, and is recognized as a leader in the areas of process and outcome research in adolescent drug abuse treatment.

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Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the rationale, hypotheses and design of the study.

  2. Review results of the study, long term effects of using Brief Strategic Family Therapy compared to treatment as usual.

  3. Discuss implications, limitations, and future study directions.

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A Cross-sectional Assessment of the Long Term Effects of Brief Strategic Family Therapy for Adolescent Substance Use

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Course Number 102717
1 credit hour
  • Online Article
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