Developing Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) for Parents of Treatment-Resistant Adolescents

Kimberly C. Kirby, Brian Versek, Mary Louise E. Kerwin, Kathleen Meyers, Lois A. Benishek, Elena Bresani, Yukiko Washio, Amelia Arria, Robert J. Meyers

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We describe a project focused on training parents to facilitate their treatment-resistant adolescent’s treatment entry and to manage their child after entry into community-based treatment. Controlled studies show that Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) is a unilateral treatment that fosters treatment entry of adults; however, there are no controlled trials for parents with a substance-abusing child. We examined the behavioral parent training literature to guide us in tailoring CRAFT for parents of adolescents. We discuss adaptations to CRAFT, outcomes and experiences gained from a brief pilot of the revised CRAFT program, and the future directions of this work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-165
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 4 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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