Aggression Replacement Training® is a multi-component cognitive-behavioral treatment to promote pro-social behavior by addressing factors that contribute to aggression in children and adolescents including limited interpersonal social and coping skills, impulsiveness, over-reliance on aggression to meet daily needs, and egocentric and concrete values.A cost benefit analysis by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy finds this program results in reduced criminal behavior and significant cost savings.
DSM-5 training provides an overview of the manual’s major structural changes and reviews its use of developmental approach, biological markers and dimensional assessment. The training focuses on highlighting significant changes from DSM-IV including new classes of child and adult psychiatric disorders, advances in substance-related/addictive disorder diagnoses and the concept of spectrum disorders along with many other topics. Case vignettes are used to demonstrate diagnostic formulations using DSM-5.
Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is an empirically grounded, well-documented and highly successful family intervention program for at risk and delinquent youth who are 11–18 years of age. FFT has been applied to a wide range of at risk youth and their families in various multi-ethnic and multicultural contexts. Target populations range from at-risk preadolescents to youth with very serious problems such as conduct disorder, violent externalizing behaviors and substance-abuse.
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a particular kind of conversation about change. A practitioner using MI incorporates acceptance of individuals and collaborates with the client by evoking his or her own values, goals, and strengths. This person-centered orientation, along with the provider’s reflective listening and strategic questioning, is an effective approach for guiding individuals toward change. MI is used in behavioral health, substance use disorder treatment, primary care, school, and corrections settings as an approach to engage and retain individuals in care. At this time, the evidence supports MI for use with adolescents and adults as well as in individual and group modalities.
For more information, please contact Kristin Dempsey, LMFT, LPCC, who is a senior associate.
TFCBT is a therapy model developed by Drs. Judy Cohen, Tony Mannarino and Esther Deblinger. It is used for children ages 3‐18 who have experienced one or more significant traumatic life events, resulting in PTSD symptoms or functional impairments.