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Adolescent Transitional Family Therapy (TFT)

Transitional Family Therapy (TFT) is an Evidence-Based, Best Practice method that can be integrated into your in-patient program, or implemented on an out-patient basis.

  • Transitional Family Therapy (TFT) trainings for adolescent facilities are tailored specifically to addiction, dual-diagnosis, mental illness, and/or process addictions, depending on your organization’s area of focus.
  • TFT training program for adolescents is an Evidence-Based, Best Practice, manual-driven, 12-module protocol that can be implemented as an intensive or as modules, depending on the length of your organization’s program.
  • In an NIAAA clinical trial comparing TFT with TAU (adolescent group therapy) TFT was found to be significantly more effective.

Transitional Family Therapy

  • Recognizes individuals and families as inherently healthy and competent, although disrupted from normal functioning by trauma, loss, and stress
  • Removes blame, shame and guilt, restoring a sense of competence and hope
  • Helps families to identify and change their intergenerational patterns
  • Guides the family in resolving their grief and re-establishing healthy, sustainable lifestyles
  • Protects current and future generations
  • Was found to be more effective than “treatment as usual” with adolescent substance use disorder

Adolescent Transitional Family Therapy (TFT) Training Program

Part I of Training is either a 5-day intensive, or 2 intensives (3-day, followed by 2-day)
Part II consists of supervision/consultation over a 6-12 month period

Curriculum includes:

  • The role of families and how to work with them
  • Assessment, enlisting the family, and building contracts
  • Genograms and time-lines
  • Support for behavior change
  • Recognizing and learning to deal with triggers in individual, family and environment
  • The relationship of trauma and loss to addiction and mental illness
  • Identifying intergenerational scripts and themes, and establishing a pathway to recovery
  • The role of trauma and loss and family loyalties
  • Monitoring, maintaining, and handing over to family for long-term healing

Methods include: Experiential role plays, interactive discussion, didactics, videos, etc.

Transitional Family Therapy