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.
- Participants will walk away with an ability to create a systemic conceptualization of substance use. Substance use as a relational issue, rather than an individual issue. (traditional would be the focus on the relationship between the person and the substance).
- Participants will learn that “family” and relationships are a primary focus of intervention.
About the Presenters:
David Blair, LCSW, CAC III: Co-Director Denver Family Therapy Center, Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver. Bob Kelsall, LCSW: Retired Co-Director Denver Family Therapy Center.
Julie Anne Laser-Maira, PhD, LCSW, MSW: Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver.
Jamie Blair Echevarria, LCSW, LMFT, CAC III: Co-Director Denver Family Therapy Center, Clinical Director, Adolescent Substance Abuse Program and Youth Drug Alcohol Prevention Program, Denver Family Therapy Center.
Darin Wallis, Ph.D., LCSW, LMFT, CAC III: AAMFT Approved Supervisor, Adjunct Faculty Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver. Affiliate Faculty, Regis University. Core Faculty & Clinical Supervisor Denver Family Institute. Independent Contractor, Denver Family Therapy Center, Private Practice at Colorado Center for Systems and Family Therapy.
Jason Conger, LMFT, LCSW, LAC, CHES: Program Director, Substance Use Programs, Denver Family Therapy Center. Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver.
Authors of recently released “Youth and Their Families: A Guide to Treating Adolescent Substance Abuse Through Family Systems Therapy” (Oxford University Press, 2019)
(Denver Family Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. ACEP number 5432. Programs that do not qualify are clearly identified. Denver Family Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the Program. In collaboration with Advanced Mental Health Training Institute. CE’s available for NBCC, APA, and AASECT.)