Multidimensional Family Therapy for Early Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Manual
Author: Howard A. Liddle, Ed.D.
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Dr. Howard Liddle
Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) has been recognized as one of the most promising interventions for adolescent drug abuse in a new generation of comprehensive, multicomponent, theoretically derived, and empirically supported treatments. MDFT has demonstrated efficacy in numerous treatment and prevention studies. The MDFT model described in this manual is a 12- to 16-week intervention, specific for early adolescent drug abusers, that is delivered over 3 to 4 months. This treatment manual details the MDFT approach for treating young adolescents, focusing on the following topics and providing case examples detailing the approach:
- The MDFT approach to early adolescent drug abuse treatment
- Operational features of the MDFT approach
- Goals, rationales, and procedures for MDFT interventions
- General theoretical assumptions and approach
- The stages of treatment of MDFT
- Specific details on working with individual adolescents and their parents, conducting family sessions, and working with external systems such as school and courts
- Transforming negative interactions into key therapeutic work
- Procedural steps of MDFT
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