Brief strategic family therapy: Engagement and treatment

Ervin Briones, Michael S. Robbins, José Szapocznik

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An overview of Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT), a family-based, empirically validated intervention designed to treat children and adolescents' problem behaviors is presented. In this article the theoretical underpinnings of BSFT are described using a clinical case to illustrate the basic BSFT tenets. A selected review of outcome evidence is presented as well as the considerable clinical development and research evidence on specialized BSFT Engagement. Clinical implementation is highlighted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-103
Number of pages23
JournalAlcoholism Treatment Quarterly
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Mar 3 2008


  • Adolescent
  • Alcohol-other drug abuse
  • Engagement
  • Family therapy
  • Strategic
  • Structural

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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