ERIC Number: ED450318
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Brief Strategic Family Therapy. Family Strengthening Series. Juvenile Justice Bulletin.
Robbins, Michael S.; Szapocznik, Jose
It is widely accepted that an increase in delinquency and violence is rooted in a number of interrelated social problems such as child abuse, alcohol and drug abuse, and youth conflict and aggression. Family strategies and interventions have been designed in an attempt to strengthen the role of the family within the community as a means to combat delinquency. The brief strategic family therapy model, presented in this document, integrates theory with decades of research and practice from the University of Miami. The theory has been adapted by the Spanish Family Guidance Center, also in Miami. In implementing brief strategic family therapy to the needs of these clients, the Center took into account the strengths and weaknesses these minority youth and their families bring to therapy and the special risk and protective factors they possess. This document discusses program objectives, target populations, theoretical underpinnings, components of intervention, and implementation of brief strategic family therapy, using the Spanish Family Guidance Center as a model. It also presents the development of a culturally specific family approach therapy. (Contains 2 figures and 25 references.) (JDM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Brief Psychotherapy, Counseling Theories, Cultural Background, Delinquency, Family Counseling, Hispanic Americans, Intervention, Models, Social Problems, Violence
Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse, P.O. Box 6000, Rockville, MD 20849-6000. Tel: 800-638-8736 (Toll Free); Fax: 301-519-5212.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.