Changing Provider Practices, Program Environment, and Improving Outcomes by Transporting Multidimensional Family Therapy to an Adolescent Drug Treatment Setting
Article first published online: 18 FEB 2010
2006 American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
The American Journal on Addictions
Volume 15, Issue Supplement s1, pages s102–s112, November-December 2006
How to Cite
Liddle, H. A., Rowe, C. L., Gonzalez, A., Henderson, C. E., Dakof, G. A. and Greenbaum, P. E. (2006), Changing Provider Practices, Program Environment, and Improving Outcomes by Transporting Multidimensional Family Therapy to an Adolescent Drug Treatment Setting. The American Journal on Addictions, 15: s102–s112. doi: 10.1080/10550490601003698
- Issue published online: 18 FEB 2010
- Article first published online: 18 FEB 2010
- Received April 5, 2006; revised June 8, 2006; accepted August 17, 2006.
Effective interventions for drug abusing adolescents are underutilized. Using an interrupted time series design, this study tested a multicomponent, multi-level technology transfer intervention developed to train clinical staff within an existing day treatment program to implement multidimensional family therapy (MDFT), an evidence-based adolescent substance abuse treatment. The sample included 10 program staff and 104 clients. MDFT was incorporated into the program and changes were noted in the program environment, therapist behavior, and in most (e.g., drug abstinence, and out of home placements) but not all (e.g., drug use frequency) client outcomes. These changes remained after MDFT supervision was withdrawn.