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NCJ Number: 220788 Find in a Library
Title: Feasibility and Outcomes of an Innovative Cognitive-Behavioural Skill Training Programme for Co-Occurring Disorders in the Youth Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Sector
Journal: Drug and Alcohol Review  Volume:26  Issue:5  Dated:September 2007  Pages:517-523
Author(s): Leanne Hides; Kathryn Elkins; Lisa S. Catania; Steve Mathias; Frances Kay-Lambkin; Dan I. Lubman
Date Published: September 2007
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation

Australian Dept of Health and Ageing
Canberra ACT 2601, Australia
Colonial Foundation
Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This paper describes the development, implementation, and evaluation of a brief cognitive-behavioral skills (BCBS) training program for addressing comorbidity (mental health problems co-occurring with drug/alcohol abuse) within two programs of alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment for youth in Australia.
Abstract: The BCBS training was found to have a positive impact on the knowledge, skills, and confidence of trainees and was perceived to be relevant and appropriate for youth with co-occurring mental disorders and AOD abuse. These findings provide preliminary support for the feasibility and effectiveness of the BCBS training program for workers within the youth AOD sector. The BCBS intervention for co-occurring depression/anxiety and substance use was developed specifically for this project, given the lack of existing suitable interventions and training programs available for addressing comorbidity among AOD-abusing youth. The intervention was based on a youth version of the Self-Help for Alcohol/Other Drug Use and Depression (SHADE), a 10-session integrated cognitive-behavioral intervention for co-occurring disorders. SHADE has been found to reduce levels of depression and AOD use while improving quality of life and general functioning of adults over 12 months. The BCBS intervention was first piloted by a trained clinical psychologist working in one of the youth AOD services, in order to determine its suitability and acceptability. AOD workers then attended the 2-day BCBS training workshop. Evaluation of the BCBS training occurred before the training and 6 months after the training. 4 tables and 30 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug treatment
Index Term(s): Cognitive therapy; Correctional Personnel Training; Drug abuse in foreign countries; Juvenile mental health services; Mental disorders
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