The Resource Functional family therapy for adolescent behavior problems, by James F. Alexander ... [et al.], (electronic resource)

Functional family therapy for adolescent behavior problems, by James F. Alexander ... [et al.], (electronic resource)

Functional family therapy for adolescent behavior problems
Functional family therapy for adolescent behavior problems
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by James F. Alexander ... [et al.]
"Adolescents with behavior problems go by various labels, such as difficult-to-treat adolescents, juvenile delinquents, at-risk youth, violent youth, and youthful offenders. They may have disruptive behavior disorder or substance abuse disorder, and they may be involved with the criminal justice system. These youth have problematic behaviors, emotions, and ways of thinking that often affect not only their families, but also their community. These youth, their families, and their successful treatment represent the focus of this book. Although family members are often dissatisfied with the youth's behavior and intensely focused on the need for him or her to change, the youth rarely self-refers and often seems undisturbed by his or her own behaviors and is typically unmotivated for treatment. At the same time, parents and other family members seem heavily invested in viewing problems in the family as resulting from the adolescent's bad behavior. Therefore, some family members also are unmotivated or unwilling to be involved in the youth's treatment. Given the multifaceted barriers to adaptive change, treatment is needed that addresses the entire family system in a holistic way. Over the past 40 years, numerous researchers and clinicians have developed, tested, and refined Functional Family Therapy (FFT)--a short-term, structured, intensive family intervention model for delinquent and substance-using adolescents. FFT is a strength-based model with a focus on those risk and protective factors that impact the adolescent and his or her environment. On average, 12 sessions are conducted over a 3- to 4-month period. These sessions typically occur in clinics and home settings but can also be conducted in schools, mental health agencies, child welfare agencies, probation and parole offices, and aftercare systems. We have written this book with the clinician in mind. We often maintain a quite personal tone because we want to share and talk with you rather than taking a more traditional academic tone by talking to you. Often we use examples of specific youth and families (with disguised identities, of course) so clinicians can experience the clinical reality of these youth and families. We describe not only the goals of each intervention strategy and technique but also the specific steps and variations that are involved and necessary for success. At the same time, because FFT also derives strength from our history of widespread dissemination and training, we also share information relevant to decision makers, program administrators, clinical supervisors, clinical researchers, and even legislatures who have the responsibility of how best to allocate funds to provide the most effective services. In the remainder of this Introduction, we discuss FFT's conceptualization of change as a developmental process and outline the five major treatment phases of FFT. Then we explain the organization of this book. As we describe the FFT phases and the techniques and therapist qualities involved in each, our strategy in this book is to move from a broad focus to a narrow focus, then back again to a broad focus"--Introduction. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved)
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  • 616.89156
  • 616.89/156
index present
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.A432 2013
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non fiction
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  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Functional family therapy for adolescent behavior problems, by James F. Alexander ... [et al.], (electronic resource)
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-246) and index
  • net
Early influences : the cultural, conceptual, intellectual zeitgeist of FFT development -- Research on change mechanisms -- Research on FFT outcomes -- Matching and general parameters of FFT -- Engagement phase -- Motivation phase -- Relational assessment phase -- Behavior change phase -- Generalization phase -- Anthony : a case example -- Features of successful FFT implementation -- Training and supervision -- Application of FFT to distinct populations
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1 online resource (vi, 261 p.
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(electronic bk.)
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Electronic reproduction.
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