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Adolescent Substance Abuse Intervention Series:Module Two Motivational Enhancement and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Core Curriculum in addiction studies; evidence-based practice.

Develoed byy: Karen Albig Smith, LMFT, LCAS, MAC


Overview of the whole series:

Increasingly in substance abuse service delivery, assessment, intervention and prevention supported by science is being required.  Evidence-based best practices permit increased efficacy, a better utilization of all resources and reduce recidivism.  This six module series is provided to bring such science-based assessment, prevention and intervention information to the substance abuse intervention specialist.  The text for this series is: the Cannabis Youth Treatment Series:  Volume 1-5. (SAMHSA/CSAT: www.samhsa.gov)   Please note that while the title of the treatment manual series pertains to cannabis abuse and dependency problems we assert that the practices described in these manuals constitute valid best practices for early intervention (prevention), outpatient and intensive outpatient intervention with youth who are abusing alcohol, and other drugs.  Youth who meet dependency criteria for alcohol, opiates, other habit-forming drugs and cocaine will require a more intense level of care than the models described in this manual.

Module One provides an overview of prevention, assessment and intervention in adolescent substance abuse prevention, outpatient, and intensive outpatient services.  Module Two presents a five-session model of combined Motivational Enhancement Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  Module Three presents a supplemental seven-session CBT treatment focusing on coping skills.  Module Four presents the Family Support Network approach.  Module.  Module Five describes the Community Reinforcement Approach, and Module Six describes Multidimensional Family Therapy.  Each of these approaches represents the culmination of years of challenging theory and practice to articulate and test models for intervening with youth.  

Purpose:  Learners using the entire series will be well equipped to provide early intervention, outpatient and intensive outpatient services to the substance abusing youth population.

Overview of this module:

Module Two (12 CE Credits) utilizes Volume One of the CYT series: Motivational Enhancement Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adolescent Cannabis Users: 5 Sessions (SAMHSA/CSAT: www.samhsa.gov).  Marijuana use among teens occurs at a rate twice that of other drugs and exceeds even the rate of alcohol use.  The rate of marijuana use at younger ages also exceeds these same rates for alcohol.  Marijuana potency has increased as much as 30 times since the 1970s.  This potent substance produces withdrawal symptoms, tolerance, and significant long-term negative consequences.  

Purpose:  This manual trains counselors to provide a brief intervention model consisting of two motivational enhancement therapy sessions and three group sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy.  


1. Participants will be able discuss the rationale for the five-session MET/CBT model.

2. Participants will be able to discuss how five-session MET/CBT protocol.

3. Participants wi