Matrix Model for Teens and Young Adults
About This Program
Target Population: Adolescents with substance abuse disorders
For children/adolescents ages: 12 – 17
For parents/caregivers of children ages: 12 – 17
The Matrix Model for Teens and Young Adults is an intensive outpatient treatment approach for substance abuse and dependence. The program uses research-based techniques in an approach comprised of relapse-prevention groups, separate parent and adolescent substance education groups, individual sessions for parents and adolescents, family sessions, social-support groups, and urine and breath testing delivered over a 16-week period. New alternative drug-free recreational activities are reinforced. Patients learn about addiction and relapse, and receive direction and support from a trained therapist. The program uses a cognitive/behavioral approach imbued with a motivational interviewing style and supplemented with contingency management.
The overall goals of the Matrix Model for Teens and Young Adults are:
- Abstain from or decrease alcohol or other drug use
- Understand addiction and relapse
- Learn relapse prevention skills
- Develop pro-social behaviors
The essential components of the Matrix Model for Teens and Young Adults include:
- Using manualized Matrix Model materials
- Providing 2 Relapse Prevention groups with 8-12 participants and 2 Family Education (client and parent) per week
- Providing 2 Early Recovery Skills groups per week in first month
- Requiring weekly urine/breath testing
- Using cognitive/behavioral references
- Reading and discussing a topic in each group
Matrix Model for Teens and Young Adults directly provides services to children/adolescents and addresses the following:
- Substance abuse
Matrix Model for Teens and Young Adults directly provides services to parents/caregivers and addresses the following:
- Being the family of a substance user
3 visits per week; 3 hours per visit
This program is typically conducted in a(n):
- Outpatient Clinic
Matrix Model for Teens and Young Adults includes a homework component:
Adhering to scheduled activities
Resources Needed to Run Program
The typical resources for implementing the program are:
- One full-time counselor per 25 clients.
- Adequate space for group of 12
- One room large enough to accommodate clients and families for family/education (25-30 people)
- DVD or VHS player
Education and Training
Prerequisite/Minimum Provider Qualifications
Receive initial 2-day training followed by 2-day "key supervisor" training.
Education and Training Resources
There is a manual that describes how to implement this program , and there is training available for this program.
- Ahndrea Weiner Anderson
phone: (818) 226-6070 or (310) 478-6006
Training is obtained:
Both onsite and at the Los Angeles clinics.
Number of days/hours:
2 days standard training plus 2 days Key Supervisor training.
Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research
Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Matrix Model for Teens and Young Adults.
McCann, M. J. & Stimson, J. (2008). The Matrix Model for Teens and Young Adults: Teen-ASI outcomes. Presented at the Joint Meeting on Adolescent Treatment Effectiveness, Washington, D.C.
Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2014
Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2016
Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2010