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The Center for Family Studies

Program Type: Resources - Information or materials that might help develop a program/project in a community but can not be defined as a Best Practice, Promising Practice, or Local Effort.

Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT) is an effective problem focused, and practical approach to the elimination of substance abuse risk factors. It successfully reduces problem behaviors in children and adolescents, 6 to 7 years, and strengthens their families. BSFT provides families with tools to decrease individual and family risk factors through focused interventions that improve problematic family relations and skill building strategies that strengthen families. It targets: 1) Conduct problems 2) Associations with anti- social peers 3) Early substance use, and 4) Problematic family relations. The program fosters parental leadership, appropriate parental involvement, mutual support among parenting figures, family communication, problem solving, clear rules and consequences, nurturing, and shared responsibility for family problems. In addition, the program provides specialized outreach strategies to bring families into therapy.

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Name: Jos Szapocznik, Ph.D.
Site or Location Name: Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT)
Center for Family Studies, Department of Psychiatry and Behavorial Sciences, University of Miami, 1425 N.W. 10th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136
Phone: (305) 243-8217