Systemic-Motivational Family Therapy for Substance Use Disorders

This workshop is designed to introduce participants to one of the most comprehensive family-based treatment approaches for substance abuse disorders (SUDs)—the systemic-motivational family treatment model (SMFT) developed by Peter Steinglass and his colleagues at Ackerman’s Center for Substance Use Disorders and the Family. This model focuses on how family reorganization around alcohol and /or drug use alters family behavior and why using a combination of interactional and motivational interviewing techniques in working with the whole family is critical to treatment success not only during the assessment and detoxification phases of treatment, but also during rehabilitation/recovery.

The workshop will be divided into two parts: first, a review of the core components of the SMFT treatment model; and second, video and case descriptions of family therapy sessions that will both illustrate the unique aspects of work with a family using the SMFT approach, and provide a stimulus for comparing and contrasting SMFT with other treatment approaches used by workshop participants.

In this workshop participants will learn to:

  • Understand the basic principles of systemic-motivational therapy (SMT) for substance use disorders
  • Describe the major advantages of family-level treatment approaches for substance use disorders over traditional individual-level treatment
  • Understand the clinical indications and contra-indications of the systemic-motivational treatment approach

Peter Steinglass, MDPeter Steinglass, MD, is President Emeritus and Director of the Center for Substance Use Disorders and the Family, Ackerman Institute; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Weill Cornell Medical College; Distinguished Fellow, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry; Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association; Consultant, Department of Psychiatry, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Date: Friday, January 5, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuition: $140
CE Contact Hours: 5

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If you are an Ackerman alumni of the Externship or current Ackerman student, please contact the Training Department to register.

Damaly Ferreira
212 879-4900, ext 111