Youth and Their Families: A Guide to Treating Adolescent Substance Use Through Family Systems Therapy

ISBN : 9780190079406

Julie Anne Laser-Maira; David Blair; Jamie Blair Echevarria; Darin Wallis; Orion Castro; Jason Conger
232 Pages
156 x 156 mm
Pub date
Nov 2019
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Though a number of books covering adolescent substance abuse are available, there are very few resources that explore the topic in the context of Family Systems Therapy (FST). Youth and Their Families offers an expanded view of the therapeutic process with a specific focus on the relationship between therapists, adolescents, families, communities, and substance use. By applying an FST lens, the clinician learns to view their client as an entire family system being affected by adolescent substance abuse. Furthermore, FST can be used at every stage of the substance abuse intervention continuum (from prevention to intervention) to provide increased functioning and strength in the family system. This book incorporates easily applicable clinical skill acquisition with the use of lively cases to give the reader requisite skills to be an effective family systems therapist.


Chapter 1: Defining Systems Theory
Chapter 2: Defining Family
Chapter 3: Defining Family Systems Therapy
Chapter 4: Defining Substance Abuse in Adolescence
Chapter 5: Evidenced-Based Treatment and Family Systems Therapy: Complementary Practices
Chapter 6: Prevention
Chapter 7: Outpatient, Community-Based Treatment Interventions
Chapter 8: Inpatient/Residential (Non-Hospital)
Chapter 9: Marijuana Legalization and its Effect on Substance Abuse Programs in the U.S.
Chapter 10: The Opioid Epidemic
Chapter 11: Conclusions and Self-Care

About the author: 

Julie Anne Laser-Maira, PhD, LCSW, MSW, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver David Blair, LCSW, MSW, Co-director, Denver Family Therapy Center Jamie Blair Echevarria, LCSW, LMFT, Clinical Director, Adolescent Substance Abuse Program and Youth Drug Alcohol Prevention and Education Program, Denver Family Therapy Center Darrin Wallis, PhD, LCSW, LMFT, MSW, Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor, Denver Family Therapy Center Orion Castro, Director of Data, Denver Family Therapy Center Jason Conger, LMFT, LCSW, LAC, CHES, Therapist, Denver Family Therapy Center

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