Association for Behavior Analysis International

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35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W50
CE Offered: BACB
Child-Focused Components of Family Behavior Therapy for Substance Abuse within Child Welfare
Friday, May 22, 2009
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
North 120 D
Area: CBM; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor:
BRAD DONOHUE (University of Nevada Las Vegas), Heather H. Hill (University of Nevada Las Vegas), Kendra Tracy (University of Nevada of Las Vegas), Suzanne Gorney (University of Nevada Las Vegas), Rhiannon Rager (University of Nevada Las Vegas)
Description: Family Behavior Therapy (FBT) has demonstrated effectiveness in treating a wide array of problem behaviors associated with substance abuse across several controlled trials for both adults and adolescents. It is listed among the top treatments for substance abuse in SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Practices and Programs, is among a prestigious group of treatments for substance abuse listed in the National Institute of Drug Abuse’s Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment, and regarded as an “emerging developmentally sensitive approach” for drug use problems by the National Institutes of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse. FBT includes more than a dozen intervention components. The extent each component is reviewed in therapy is determined by its consumers with therapist input. This workshop will focus on the newly developed child-focused FBT components. The workshop will include distribution of treatment manuals, therapist prompting checklists for use during sessions, and extensive use of modeling and behavioral rehearsal. Quality assurance systems will be underscored to assure maintenance of treatment integrity and efficient management of clinical record keeping consistent with the reviewed intervention components. Case examples will exemplify standardized behavioral methods relevant to achieving sufficient motivation of clients in diverse contexts.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to implement all child-focused treatments that are utilized within Family Behavior Therapy for Substance Abuse, including (1) intervention components designed to enhance the safety skills of children living with substance abusers, (2) methods of supporting their parent's sobriety. Participants will also be able to (3) utilize therapist prompting checklists during sessions to measure treatment fidelity.
Activities: 1. Very briefly reviewing power point demonstration of theoretical underpinnings of FBT, and description of its intervention components while emphasizing child-focused treatments. 2. Extensive utilization of behavioral rehearsal to teach participants to implement the selected treatment components.
Audience: Undergraduates and parents are welcome, although the target audiance is mental health professionals who provide service delivery within the umbrella of substance abuse and child welfare.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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