Brief Strategic Family Therapy for Adolescent Drug Abuse

This program describes brief family therapy and provides strategies for creating a therapeutic relationship with families, assessing and diagnosing destructive patterns of family interaction, and changing patterns of family interaction from maladaptive to adaptive. Topics include theoretical concepts of brief strategic family therapy, diagnosing family system problems, orchestrating change, and how to engage resistant families.

Target audience:  Psychologists, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, addiction counselors, nurses

This CE course is designated as intermediate.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this program, participants should be able to

  • Discuss family systems theory and its application to the counseling process;
  • Identify patterns of family interaction that are associated with adolescent behavior problems and substance abuse;
  • Plan interventions that provide practical ways to change maladaptive patterns of family interaction.
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  • Part 1: Brief Strategic Family Therapy: An Overview
  • Part 2: Basic Concepts of Brief Strategic Family Therapy
  • Part 3: Diagnosing Family System Problems
  • Part 4: Orchestrating Change
  • Part 5: Engaging the Family Into Treatment
  • Part 6: Clinical Research Supporting BSFT
  • Part 7: Appendices
  • Part 8: References
  • CE Test
  • Evaluation

This treatment manual was written by Jose Szapocznik, PhD, Olga Hervis, MSW, and Seth Schwartz, PhD, of the Center for Family Studies, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, at the University of Miami, under contract to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The treatment described in this manual was developed over the course of several decades by a team of researchers and clinicians. Among those who were integral to the development of this manual are: Mercedes Scopetta, who founded the University of Miami Center for Family Studies; Daniel Santisteban, who continues to pioneer culturally sensitive family therapy interventions for Hispanic families; Michael Robbins, who directs the Center’s research on in-session processes and their relationship to treatment outcomes; Angel Perez-Vidal, who was the lead therapist in many BSFT studies; and Victoria Mitrani, who has worked intensively on a BSFT-relevant measure of family functioning.

APA approved, Yo! At Health is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. At Health maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

At Health is an approved provider of the California Board of Behavior Sciences (PCE 3319). These courses meet the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

At Health is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (CA BRN), Provider # CEP 15512.

California Licensed Vocational Nurses and California Psychiatric Technicians can take online courses by California Board of Registered Nursing (CA BRN) approved providers, such as At Health, to fulfill their CE requirements.

NBCC approved, Yo! At Health, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6719. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  At Health, Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Programs are available for continuing education credit for social workers through the co-sponsorship of At Health, Inc., and Amedco, LLC.  Amedco, #1346, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Amedco maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 6/24/2016 to 6/24/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. The following recognize the ASWB program: AB, AK, AL, AR, AZ, BC, CA, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NH, NM, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VI, VT, WA, WI, and WY.  Participants must pass a posttest with a score of 80% or higher and complete an attendance/evaluation form in order to receive a certificate of completion/attendance. is an approved provider of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, provider #908.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for social work in Arkansas.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, master's level psychologists, licensed clinical psychotherapists, and alcohol and other drug abuse counselors in Kansas.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for mental health practice and for social work in Nebraska.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for psychologists, pastoral psychotherapists, clinical social workers, clinical mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and alcohol and drug abuse counselors in New Hampshire.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for social workers, professional counselors, marital and family therapists, and clinical pastoral therapists in Tennessee. is approved as a continuing education provider by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Provider #148460.

The above CE sponsorships are honored by many additional state boards of social work, marriage and family therapy, and licensed professional counseling. Some restrictions may apply. Check with your state board or certifying organization to find out if online courses or home study are accepted as part of your continuing education requirement for license renewal or re-certification, or call At Health at 888-284-3258 for information regarding CE approvals.

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