Adolescent-Focused Family Behavior Therapy (Adolescent FBT)

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Scientific Rating:
Supported by Research Evidence
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
See descriptions of 3 levels

About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Adolescent-Focused Family Behavior Therapy (Adolescent FBT) has been rated by the CEBC in the area of: Substance Abuse Treatment (Adolescent).

Target Population: Youth (11-17) with drug abuse and dependence, as well as other co-existing problems

For children/adolescents ages: 11 – 17

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 11 – 17

Brief Description

Adolescent FBT includes more than a dozen treatments including treatment planning, behavioral goals, contingency contracting/Level System, communication skills training, job-getting skills training, self-control, stimulus control, and tele-therapy to improve session attendance. Therapies are consumer-driven and culturally sensitive. Adolescent FBT’s goal is to result in positive outcomes in such areas as alcohol and drug use, depression, conduct problems, family dysfunction, and days absent from work/school. Adolescent FBT is designed to be used with youth, multiple ethnicities, differing types of substance abuse (alcohol, marijuana, and hard drugs), and across genders. Drafts of standardized client record keeping forms and quality assurance may be customized to fit agency needs.

Program Goals:

The overall goals of Adolescent-Focused Family Behavior Therapy (Adolescent FBT) are:

  • Increase avoidance of alcohol and drug use
  • Optimize mood and mental strength and stability
  • Optimize conduct
  • Optimize family functioning
  • Increase the number of days in school/work

Contact Information

Name: Brad Donohue, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Phone: (702) 557-5111

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: December 2015

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2010