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Trauma Systems Therapy for Adolescent Substance Abuse (TST-SA). Liza Suárez, Ph.D. Glenn Saxe, MD Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders Center for Medical and Refugee Trauma Boston University Boston Medical Center

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trauma systems therapy for adolescent substance abuse tst sa

Trauma Systems Therapy for Adolescent Substance Abuse(TST-SA)

Liza Suárez, Ph.D. Glenn Saxe, MD

Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders Center for Medical and Refugee Trauma

Boston University Boston Medical Center

Jill Ehrenreich, Ph.D. David Barlow, Ph.D.

Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders

Boston University

need for integrated treatment approaches
Need for Integrated Treatment Approaches
  • Increased risk among adolescents
  • Late identification and poor response to current treatment approaches
  • Clinicians need training in more areas
  • Multiple problems associated with SUD-PTSD comorbidity
  • Involved with multiple service systems
  • No current integrated approaches available for adolescents
goals of tst
Goals of TST
  • Treatment must be developmentally informed.
  • Treatment must directly address the social ecology.
  • Treatment must be compatible with systems of care.
  • Treatment must be disseminate-able.
tst in a nutshell
TST in a Nutshell
  • Interventions in TST are designed to work in two dimensions:
    • Strategies that operate through and in the social environment to promote change
    • Strategies that enhance the individual's capacity to self-regulate.
  • Specific TST interventions include home and community-based care, emotional regulation skills training, services advocacy, trauma processing, and psychopharmacology.
empirical support from tst open trial saxe ellis fogler hansen sorkin 2005
Empirical support from TST Open Trial (Saxe, Ellis, Fogler, Hansen, & Sorkin, 2005)

TST open trial (Saxe, Ellis, Fogler, Hansen, & Sorkin, 2005)

  •  trauma symptoms,  emotional and behavioral regulation
  • More stable social environment
  • Transitioning from more intensive to less intensive phases of treatment.

TST controlled trial (preliminary findings)

  • Reduced drop out rates (100% vs 10 % retention after 3 months)

Dissemination: Ulster County Program Evaluation

  •  trauma symptoms,  family stability
  •  hospitalization rates and length of hospital stay
  •  length for need of services
why trauma systems therapy for adolescent substance abuse
Why Trauma Systems Therapy for Adolescent Substance Abuse?
  • Comprehensive and flexible treatment approach
  • Dual focus on social environmental and emotional regulation interventions
  • Engagement and the treatment alliance
  • Help families navigate multiple systems of care
tst sa components added for the adaptation of tst for adolescent substance abuse
TST-SA Components Added for the Adaptation of TST for Adolescent Substance Abuse
  • Motivational enhancement strategies
  • Psychoeducation about substance abuse and its interaction with symptoms of traumatic stress.
  • Behavior management strategies for parents
  • Additional empirically supported substance abuse treatment components
  • Teen and parent workbook
  • Weekly assessment tools.
training opportunities
Training opportunities
  • A learning collaborative for TST-SA will take place in late October of 2006. For more information about this training, or TST-SA, contact Liza Suarez at lsuarez@bu.edu or 617-353-9610
  • For more information about Trauma Systems Therapy contact Glenn Saxe at Glenn.Saxe@bmc.org or 617-414-7531