Core Elements of CBT for Adolescent Conduct and Substance Use Problems: Comorbidity, Clinical Techniques, and Case Examples

Aaron Hogue, Molly Bobek, Alexandra MacLean, Robert Miranda, Jennifer C. Wolff, Amanda Jensen-Doss

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Abstract

Adolescent externalizing problems (AEPs), including serious conduct problems, delinquency, and substance misuse, are the most common adolescent behavioral issues in specialty care. High rates of comorbidity between conduct and substance use problems necessitate multidomain treatment strategies that can effectively address the AEP spectrum. One strategy to increase delivery of evidence-based interventions for multiproblem youth in usual care is to focus on core elements of empirically supported treatments that can be judiciously applied to clients presenting with diverse clinical profiles. This paper describes six core practice elements of the cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT) approach for AEPs: (a) functional analysis of behavior hroblems, (b) prosocial activity sampling, (c) cognitive monitoring and restructuring, (d) emotion regulation training, (e) problem-solving training, and (f) communication training. Integrated delivery of these core CBT elements is illustrated in two case examples, and implications for treatment planning for youth with AEPs are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)426-441
Number of pages16
JournalCognitive and Behavioral Practice
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2020

Keywords

  • adolescent conduct problems
  • adolescent substance use
  • cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • core elements
  • delinquency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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