Author(s): FORTUNA LISA
Trauma and addiction often present side by side. However, up until now, clinicians have lacked the tools needed to treat these two issues together. Based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-two proven effective therapies for addiction and mental health issues-Treating Co-occurring Adolescent PTSD and Addiction is essential for anyone working with adolescents with addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD.) Developed and researched explicitly for dual diagnosis adolescent clients, this book provides a range of mindfulness practices and tools to help your client be present in what he or she is experiencing-instead of slipping into a pattern of avoidance. In addition, the cognitive behavioral strategies can help adolescents who are at risk of recurrent trauma, and who could therefore benefit from practicing coping strategies to assist them in their current daily situations. This is a must-have resource for any mental health provider treating adolescents with dual diagnosis of PTSD and addiction.
This book is just what I was looking for to assist me in my work with adolescents struggling with PTSD and substance abuse. What I really appreciated was that the authors offer clear and useful solutions for working with teens that may never have practiced any type of self-soothing techniques.Not only does the book provide concrete explanations of strategies such as mindfulness and meditations, but it also gives step-by-step guidelines as to how to implement them into my practice.As a social worker in an urban middle school, this book has given me intervention techniques that will assist the students so that they can calm down to the point that they are able to identify the underlying feelings that are causing them to act out in school. Stacy L. Homan, LICSW, School Adjustment Counselor, Worcester East Middle School, Worcester, MA "
Lisa R. Fortuna, MD, MPH, MDiv, is a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist. She is currently assistant professor of psychiatry and director of child and adolescent multicultural health research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Her research interests include Latino and immigrant mental health services research, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), adolescent substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders in adolescence. Fortuna received a K23 Patient Oriented Career Development Award from the National Institute of Drug Abuse, and she is currently working on a therapy development study for adolescents with co-occurring PTSD and substance use disorders. Fortuna is involved in translational research, adapting evidence-based interventions for community and school- based prevention, and mental health interventions with youth, including those at risk of gang or juvenile detention involvement.