Session 2: Reaching the Unreachable Adolescent: Solution-Focused Approaches in Adolescent Addiction
Adolescence is a time of dramatic physical, developmental, social, and emotional change. It is also a time when mental health and substance abuse problems commonly first emerge. Most adolescents do not voluntarily seek treatment, but are mandated by their parents, schools, criminal justice systems, or child welfare agencies. Engaging youth and families remains challenging despite advances in evidence-based treatment approaches. Solution-Focused Brief Therapy is an evidenced-based approach, in accord with the positive psychology movement that focuses on solution building.
This workshop provides an overview of the evidenced-based approach of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. Emphasis is placed on engaging externally motivated adolescents and their families in substance abuse treatment. Participants will learn how solution building differs from problem solving, practical tools to engage with externally motivated clients building on their strengths and resources, and how to utilize a system’s perspective to enhance goal negotiation combining didactics, interactive practice exercises, video examples, and case examples.
Monday Solution-Focused Brief Therapy vs. problem-focused perspective; Building a “yes-set”; Importance of a systems perspective using “VIPS” to motivate change
Tuesday Solution-focused scaling questions; Amplifying positive differences; Creating a shared dialect; Guiding with questions rather than interpretations; Understanding the non-assuming stance
Wednesday Remaining solution-focused in follow-up and when things are worse; Understanding how relapse is a sign of success; Investigating for details of success
Thursday Remaining solution-focused while obtaining assessment information; Amplifying resources in recovery and relapse; Solution-focused skills assessing safety and traumaFriday Normative patterns of addiction and recovery; Understanding how addiction is congruent with the solution-focused approach; Solution-focused approaches with psychopharmacothera
Accreditation and Designation of Credit:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Creditstm. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 15 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals.
The Medical College of Wisconsin is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. MCW maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This activity contains content or processes that may be potentially stressful.
The Medical College of Wisconsin is registered with the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation as a Continuing Education Sponsor for social workers (license number 159-000664).
Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.
Tuition includes course materials and continental breakfast.
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This advanced seminar is geared to mental health and health professionals.
(1) Recognize aspects of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and how it differs from a problem-focused perspective
(2) Learn solution-focused skills engaging with externally motivated adolescents who suffer from substance abuse
(3) Practice remaining solution-focused in follow-up and when things are worse
(4) Demonstrate strategies that amplify clients’ resources during recovery and times of relapse
- 15.00 AAFPAAFP credit.
- 15.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
- 15.00 APAAPA credit.
- 15.00 Hours of ParticipationHours of Participation credit.
- 15.00 PAPA credit.