This workshop will provide a guide to treating Adolescent Substance Use through Family Systems Therapy. Participants will learn to view their “client” as the entire family system. They will learn how to engage and collaborate with multiple levels of this family system simultaneously. A role play will be utilized to demonstrate the application of this approach. Case discussions will be woven throughout the presentation.
Our goal is for participants to walk away with the understanding that treatment of adolescent substance use is not individually based. Parents want to be involved and will engage in treatment if they are asked. Working with them and other members of the system as partners and not only “patients” is foundational to Family Systems Therapy.
This workshop will be relevant for Clinical Social Workers, Professional Counselors, Marital and Family Therapists, Addictions Counselors, and School Social Workers and Nurses. Graduate students interested in the treatment of Adolescent Substance Use will benefit from being exposed to this integrative model.
- Create a systemic case conceptualization for clients with substance use disorder
- Explain one family intervention with working with substance use disorder
About the Presenters:
David Blair, LCSW, CAC III: Co-Director Denver Family Therapy Center, Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver.
Julie Anne Laser-Maira, MSW, LCSW, PhD: Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver.
Jamie Blair Echevarria, LCSW, LMFT, CACIII: Co-Director Denver Family Therapy Center, Clinical Director, Adolescent Substance Abuse Program and Youth Drug Alcohol Prevention Program, Denver Family Therapy Center.
Robert C. Kelsall MSW, AAMFT Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor. Clinician, supervisor, supervisor-of-supervisors, teacher, and consultant in the couples and family therapy field for 42 years. Co-Director of the Denver Family Therapy Center Inc. and specializing in effective, efficient treatment of high-risk children and adolescents. Former faculty member of the Denver Family Institute. Passions include systemic supervision, working with delinquents and their parents, service to the community and social justice.
Authors of recently released “Youth and Their Families: A Guide to Treating Adolescent Substance Abuse Through Family Systems Therapy” (Oxford University Press, 2019)
(NBCC, APA, and AASECT CEs are available in collaboration with Advanced Mental Health Training Institute.)