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NEW!: Improving Treatment Outcomes with Youth Substance Abuse and Delinquency

  • Jack London Aquatic Center 115 Embarcadero Oakland, CA, 94606 United States (map)

Treating adolescents is known to be challenging work.  When clinically-referred teenagers are active drug users, therapists can become intimidated, disorganized, and unable to do their best work.  These same adolescents are also frequently involved in the juvenile justice system as a consequence of antisocial or criminal activities. Government and state funders, community agencies, and clinicians themselves realize the advantages of offering evidence based treatments.  Moreover, a new wave of research-based intervention research on adolescent substance abuse and delinquency provides proven treatment options than can be delivered in regular clinical care settings. 

Despite this progress, few clinicians have access or opportunity to learn these treatments. This training offers in-depth exposure to one of the world’s leading evidence-based therapeutic models for youth substance abuse and related problem behaviors. Multidimensional Family Therapy is a well-established and internationally known treatment that is provided in substance abuse, mental health, child welfare and juvenile justice settings throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Participants will learn the 4 keys to improving clinical outcomes with youth substance abuse and delinquent behaviors.  Covering the latest scientific knowledge needed to treat youth drug taking and antisocial activities, Dr. Liddle will teach how to use this knowledge within a multidimensional, multi-component, and family-based treatment approach.  Participants will learn how to apply the MDFT framework to create practical case formulations, and how to specify case-specific and individualized treatment goals.  Participants will learn how to design interventions that target individual youth, parent(s), family and community domains. , Video recordings illustrate the approach in action, showing individual sessions with the adolescent,  parent(s), community collaborators, and families.  Critically, participants will learn the essential therapist skills within each of these target domains.

 Trainer: Dr. Howard Liddle, University of Miami

Howard Liddle is the developer of Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT). Dr. Liddle is Professor in the Departments of Public Health Sciences and Psychology, and Director of the Center for Treatment Research on Adolescent Drug Abuse at the University of Miami.  His three-decade therapy research program has developed, tested, and implemented family-based treatment for youth substance abuse and delinquency.  With awards from the AAMFT, AFTA, Minnesota’s Hazelden Foundation, and the APA, Dr. Liddle is an internationally recognized leader in family therapy and adolescent substance abuse treatment.   Known as an inspirational clinical teacher, Dr. Liddle has trained family therapists in how to treat adolescents since 1974.

Registration $60, Student rate $30
Lunch will be provided
To register please contact Minjon LeNoir, Training Director
Registration will be closed after May 11th
(510) 273-4700 Ext# 4331