This evidence-based course on the Family Support Network (FSN) intervention seeks to extend the focus of treatment beyond the world of the adolescent by engaging the family, a major system in his or her life The Family Support Network approach is a family intervention designed to be used in conjunction with any standard adolescent treatment approach.

A core curriculum in addiction studies for mental health and addiction professionals. Appropriate course selection for those seeking to meet addiction certification education requirements.

Developed by: Karen Albig Smith, LMFT, LCAS, MAC, CAP, SAP, SAE

Revised 2024

Description:  The family support network (FSN) intervention seeks to extend the focus of treatment beyond the world of the adolescent by engaging the family, a major system in his or her life The FSN process is a family intervention designed to be used in conjunction with any standard adolescent treatment approach. SAMHSA, DHHS. The FSN approach consists of several components; each designed to achieve specific objectives: case management, six parent education (PE) groups, three or four in-home family therapy sessions.  The procedures presented in this manual combine motivational enhancement and cognitive behavioral therapies as one possible treatment overlay for the adolescent.  This course uses volume three of the series of treatment manuals produced under the Cannabis Youth Treatment (CYT) Project Cooperative Agreement. 

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Citation:  Hamilton NL, Brantley LB, Tims FM, Angelovich N, McDougall B. Family Support Network for Adolescent Cannabis Users, Cannabis Youth Treatment (CYT) Series, Volume 3. DHHS Pub. No. (SMA) 01–3488. Rockville, MD: Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2001.

Case management Skills: 
1.  Participants will be able to assist families in overcoming barriers to active participation.
2.  Participants will be able to identify appropriate service and treatment needs.
3.  Participants will be able to monitor the adolescent’s and family’s progress.
4.  Participants will be able to provide motivational enhancement.
5.  Participants will be able to monitor and act to prevent clients from disengaging or dropping out.
6.  Participants will be able to make appropriate referrals (including treatment reentry).
Parent Education Skills:
7.  Participants will be able to build competence among parents.
8.  Participants will be able to offer methods for coping with the pressures of parenting.
9.  Participants will be able to help families establish or restore appropriate authority, roles, rules, boundaries, communication, and routines.
In-Home Visit Skills:
10.  Participants will be able to assess the family environment.
11.  Participants will be able to develop a family commitment to recovery.
12.  Participants will be able to encourage a three-way therapeutic alliance.

CE Credits: 10 (NBCC Hours - 10)

Hour One: Pretest, Introduction to, and an overview of the Family Support Network intervention, Treatment goals.
Hour Two - Three: Parent education sessions and discussion procedures, Parent Education Session 1: Introduction to the Family Support Network.
Hour Four: Adolescent development, and functional families, Parent Education Session 2: Drugs and adolescents.  Parent Education Session 3: Relapse Signs and Recovery.
Hour Five – Six: Parent Education Session 4: Boundaries, limits, authority, and discipline, Parent Education Session 5: Communication, conflict resolution, and fighting fair, Parent Education Session 6: The family context.
Hour Seven: Home visit procedures, Home visit 1.
Hour Eight: Home visit 2, Home visit 3, Home visit 4.
Hour Nine: Case management procedures, Components of case management.
Hour Ten: Qualifications and training, Missed appointment form, Case management service log, Referral form, Case management screening log, Posttest.

CE Broker#: 20-328799

Methods: Pre-test, study guide, posttest and evaluation, internet sources via URLs, Q&A by email.

Content Areas:  Adolescent issues, Addictions, Helping relationship, Treatment knowledge, Counseling, Classes in a series.

Purpose: This evidence-based course prepares practitioners to utilize the Family Support Network model with substance abusing adolescents.

Target Audience:  Social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, mental health counselors, nurses, employee assistance professionals, addiction professionals, behavioral health technicians, and other allied professionals.

Overview of the whole series:

Increasingly in substance abuse service delivery, assessment, intervention, and prevention supported by science are being required.  Evidence-based best practices permit increased efficacy, a better utilization of all resources and reduce recidivism.  This seven module series is provided to bring such science-based assessment, prevention, and intervention information to the substance abuse intervention specialist.  The text for this series is The Cannabis Youth Treatment Series:  Volume 1-6. (SAMHSA/CSAT:   Please note that while the title of the treatment manual series pertains to cannabis abuse and dependency problems we assert that the practices described in these manuals constitute valid best practices for early intervention (prevention), outpatient and intensive outpatient intervention with youth who are abusing alcohol, and other drugs.  Youth who meet dependency criteria for alcohol, opiates, other habit-forming drugs, and cocaine will require a more intense level of care than the models described in this manual.

Module One provides an overview of prevention, assessment, and intervention in adolescent substance abuse prevention, outpatient, and intensive outpatient services.  Module Two presents a five-session model of combined Motivational Enhancement Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  Module Three presents a supplemental seven-session CBT treatment focusing on coping skills.  Module Four presents the Family Support Network approach.  Module Five describes the Community Reinforcement Approach, and Module Six describes Multidimensional Family Therapy.  Module Six presents the Multidimensional Family Therapy model.  Module Seven is due for release in 2014 entitled Brief Strategic Family Therapy for Adolescent Drug Abuse. Each of these approaches represents the culmination of years of challenging theory and practice to articulate and test models for intervening with youth.  Learners using the entire series will be well equipped to provide early intervention, outpatient, and intensive outpatient services to the substance abusing youth population.

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CE Credits:
10 (NBCC Hours - 10)

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