Family Therapy with Adolescents in Residential Treatment

Intervention and Research

  • Jacob D. Christenson
  • Ashley N. Merritts

Part of the Focused Issues in Family Therapy book series (FIFT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Family Therapy During Separation

  3. Onsite Family Therapy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Whitney Clarahan, Jacob D. Christenson
      Pages 231-243
    3. Amber L. Runkel, Jacob D. Christenson, Amanda P. Glunz, Katherine F. Cobb
      Pages 245-262
    4. Anita Tucker, Mark Widmer, Troy J. Faddis, Bryan Randolph, Michael Gass
      Pages 263-283
    5. Troy J. Faddis, Katherine F. Cobb
      Pages 285-301
    6. Ashlie Lester
      Pages 303-317
  4. Research and Outcomes

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 451-467

About this book


This highly practical resource integrates the powerful dynamics of family into residential treatment and outdoors-based therapy for young people. Recognizing both the family as the systemic base for promoting change in adolescents and the therapeutic potential of the residential/wilderness setting, experts show how aligning the two can enhance the healing value of the program while promoting higher standards for care. Chapters describe innovative, science-based interventions and techniques for treating common behavioral and emotional problems along a continuum of family involvement and separation, to address issues affecting the family as well as the identified patient. With its accessible ideas and compelling case studies, the book ably demonstrates the critical role of family in adolescent patients’ successful transition to post-treatment life. 

 Among the topics covered:

• A parallel process: home therapy while the ado
lescent or young adult is in residential care.
• Intentional separation of families: increasing differentiation through wilderness therapy.
• Emerging family therapy models utilized in residential settings.
• Engaging families in Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare.
• Research on coping skills used by youth with emotional and behavioral disorders.
• Expanding our understanding of the place of family therapy in residential treatment.

Family Therapy with Adolescents in Residential Treatment offers novel, exciting, and effective strategies and techniques for practitioners and mental health professionals particularly interested in family therapy with adolescents, and in related interventions and research.  


Adolescent Substance Abuse Adolescents in therapy Clinical Consultation Coping Skills Defiant Adolescents Family Communication Family Therapy Family Workshops Interventions Residential Program Evaluation Residential Treatment Working with Struggling Teens Treatment Resistant Adolescents Treatment Team Leader Wilderness Therapy Adolescent Mental Health Electronic Addictions

Editors and affiliations

  • Jacob D. Christenson
    • 1
  • Ashley N. Merritts
    • 2
  1. 1.Mount Mercy University Cedar RapidsUSA
  2. 2.Mount Mercy UniversityCedar RapidsUSA

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