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Functional Family Therapy for High-Risk Adolescents

James F. Alexander (author)

ISBN: 9781433817069

Publication Date: Apr 2014

Format: DVD video

Demonstrates an approach to working with families that have teenage children exhibiting behaviour issues and associated emotional disruptions. Dr. Alexander's approach involves working to increase family motivation to change by disrupting negative attributions they may have about themselves and other family members and replacing these with more positive and adaptive attributions.
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In Functional Family Therapy for High-Risk Adolescents, James F. Alexander demonstrates his approach to working with families that have teenage children exhibiting behavior issues and associated emotional disruptions.

Teens with behavior problems are one of the most difficult populations with whom therapists work, as adolescents and their families frequently enter treatment against their will, either under legal order or at strong insistence of authority figures such as school administrators. Family interactions can be hostile, and a sense of hopelessness is not uncommon.

Dr. Alexander's approach involves working to increase family motivation to change by disrupting negative attributions they may have about themselves and other family members and replacing these with more positive and adaptive attributions.

In this video, Dr. Alexander works with a mother, father, and their 15-year-old son, who has been exhibiting behavior problems such as drug use and school truancy and who has recently been charged with breaking and entering. The session focuses not only on the son, but also the mother and father, whose relationship has been under significant strain for years due to the mother's own substance use and frequent disappearances from the family.

This DVD features clients portrayed by actors on the basis of a composite of several cases.
Dimensions 190 x 140
Date Published 30 Apr 2014
Publisher American Psychological Association
Series Specific Treatments for Specific Populations Video Series
Subject/s Family & health   Behavioural theory (Behaviourism)   Age groups  
James F. Alexander, PhD, created the core elements of Functional Family Therapy (FFT) in 1971 and has been researching and helping others implement the model since then. He provides training and supervision to FFT therapists across the United States and worldwide. In addition to his work with FFT, Dr. Alexander has enjoyed being a professor at the University of Utah, USA for 40 years.

Dr. Alexander has had fellowships with APA Divisions 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology) and 43 (Society for Family Psychology) and has served as president of Division 43. He has received several awards for his contributions to family therapy and research from APA, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Family Therapy Academy, and the University of Utah. Most notably, he received the APA Presidential Citation for Lifetime Contributions to Psychology in 2009. He has also been honored for his teaching at the University of Utah.

Dr. Alexander has served on the editorial board for several family-related journals, including as senior consulting editor for The Family Psychologist. He has received training and research grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the University of Utah. He has published three books on FFT and more than 80 articles and chapters and has given hundreds of presentations and webinars nationally and internationally.

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