Program

Sep 08, 2008

OVERVIEW

Teen Intervene is a brief, school-based intervention aimed
at reducing substance use in adolescents and youth showing early signs of
substance abuse problems. In an evaluation of the program, 79 students meeting
the diagnostic criteria for substance abuse problems were randomly assigned to
one of the following three conditions: 1) a Brief Intervention (BI), now called
Teen Intervene, consisting of two therapy sessions with adolescents, 2) a BI
consisting of two therapy sessions with adolescents and one therapy session with
parents, or 3) an assessment only control condition. Six month follow-up
results indicate that, compared to control group participants, participants in
the adolescent-parent BI group reported significantly fewer days of alcohol use,
alcohol binging, illicit drug use, and substance use related negative
consequences than participants in the control condition. Participants in the
adolescent-parent BI group also reported fewer alcohol use days than
participants in the adolescent only BI group. Additionally, participants in the
adolescent only BI group reported significantly fewer alcohol use days and fewer
substance use related consequences than participants in the control group.

DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM

Target population: 13 to 19 year olds with a
history of alcohol or drug use and who display the early stages of alcohol or
drug use problems.

Teen Intervene is a brief, school-based intervention geared
at reducing alcohol and drug use in adolescents and youth at risk for developing
substance use problems. The program consists of two or three 60-minute,
one-on-one therapy sessions that employ motivation and self-change techniques.

Participants in the BI adolescent only condition completed
two, 60-minute, one-on-one therapy sessions that employed motivational
self-change techniques aimed at reducing the adolescent’s substance use.
Adolescents in the combined adolescent and parent BI also participated in the
same two, 60-minute therapy sessions. In addition, the adolescents’ parents
participated in a one-on-one session with the adolescent’s therapist. This
session addressed ways in which the parent could support the adolescents in
their substance use reduction goals. Participants in the assessment only
control condition did not receive any treatments.

The first therapy session focuses on eliciting information
about the individual’s substance use and its related consequences. The
therapist also evaluates the student’s willingness to change and helps the
individual set goals that he or she would like to pursue. The second session
focuses on reviewing the patient’s progress toward reaching his or her goals,
discussing high-risk situations that have caused difficulty in reaching the
goals, discussing strategies to overcome these barriers, and negotiating the
continuation of goals or the setting of new goals. A third session may also
occur, and this session is conducted with the adolescent’s parent. This session
also uses motivational goal setting and addresses the following topics: a) The
child’s substance use problem, b) the parent’s attitudes or behaviors towards
the substance use problem, c) parental monitoring and supervision, and d)
healthy substance use behaviors and attitudes by the parent.

The cost of the Teen Intervene program is $225. The cost
includes the program implementation manual, reproducible worksheets, and a
posttest.

EVALUATION(S) OF PROGRAM

Winters, K.C., Leitten, W. (2007). Brief intervention
for drug-abusing adolescents in a school setting. Psychology of Addictive
Behaviors, 21,
249-254.

Evaluated population: A total of 79 adolescents from an urban,
public school system who met the diagnostic criteria for two current substance
abuse disorders served as the sample for this study. The sample was 62% male,
and the mean age of the adolescents was 15.6 years.

Approach: Participants were randomly assigned to
one of the following three conditions: 1) A Brief Intervention (BI), now called
Teen Intervene, consisting of two therapy sessions with only the adolescents, 2)
A BI consisting of two therapy sessions with the adolescent and one therapy
session with the parent, or 3) an assessment only control condition.

Participants in the study first completed a baseline
assessment that examined the presence of substance use disorders, use of drugs
and alcohol in the recent past, perceptions of the consequences of alcohol and
drug use, and involvement in other alcohol or drug treatment programs.
Participants also were given these measures at 1 and 6 month follow-up
assessments.

Results: At the six-month post-intervention
follow-up, results indicated that participants in the combined adolescent-parent
BI group reported significantly fewer alcohol use days, alcohol binge days,
illicit drug days, and substance use related negative consequences than
participants in the control condition. These participants also reported
significantly fewer alcohol use days than the participants in the adolescent
only BI group. Additionally, participants in the adolescent only BI group
reported significantly fewer alcohol use days and substance use related
consequences than participants in the control group. There were no significant
differences between participants in the adolescent only BI group and
participants in the control group in regards to number of alcohol binge days and
number of illicit drug use days. Overall, the adolescent-parent BI group had a
broader range of impacts than the adolescent only BI group.

SOURCES FOR MORE INFORMATION

Link to program manual:
http://www.hazelden.org/OA_HTML/ibeCCtpItmDspRte.jsp?item=1183

Information on implementing this program can be obtained from:

Roxanne Schladweiler

Executive Director of Sales

Hazelden Publishing and Educational Services

15251 Pleasant Valley Road

Center City, MN 55012

Phone: (800) 328-9000; Fax: (651) 213-4577

E-mail:

rschladweiler@hazelden.org

Website:

http://www.hazelden.org/web/public/trainingteenintervene.page

References:

Winters, K.C., Leitten, W. (2007). Brief intervention for
drug-abusing adolescents in a school setting. Psychology of Addictive
Behaviors, 21,
249-254.

KEYWORDS: Adolescents, Youth, High-Risk, Co-ed, Urban, Middle School, High School, School-Based, Family Therapy, Counseling/Therapy, Parent or Family Component, Marijuana/Illicit/Prescription Drugs, Alcohol Use, Cost Information Is Available, Manual Is Available

Program information last updated on 9/8/08.