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Helping Students Overcome Substance Abuse
Effective Practices for Prevention and Intervention

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ISBN 9781593854546
Published June 21, 2007 by Guilford Press
210 Pages

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Book Description

Unique in its coverage of both prevention and intervention, this book provides evidence-based strategies and ready-to-use tools for addressing substance abuse in middle and high school settings. Readers learn ways to identify students at risk and implement programs that meet a broad continuum of needs--from psychoeducational and support groups to individual intervention and referral to community services. Also provided is up-to-date information on the nature of adolescent substance abuse problems, their prevalence, and how they develop. Clearly organized and accessible, the book is designed for optimal practical utility. Special features include illustrative case examples, resources, and reproducible worksheets and forms.

This book is in The Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools Series, edited by T. Chris Riley-Tillman.

Table of Contents

1. Understanding the Context of Student Substance Use and Abuse
2. Development and Maintenance of Substance Abuse
3. Knowing Drugs of Abuse and Screening for Substance Abuse
4. Prevention Programming
5. Individual Interventions, Erin M. Ingoldsby and David Ehrman
6. Group Interventions
7. Consultation and Referral, Claudia G. Vincent

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Jason J. Burrow-Sanchez, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Utah. He is a licensed psychologist, and his clinical experience includes work with adolescents struggling with substance abuse. His research interests are the prevention and treatment of substance abuse with adolescent populations in school and community settings.
Leanne S. Hawken, PhD, BCBA, is Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Utah. She is a recipient of the College of Education Research Award from the University of Utah. Her research focuses on positive behavior support, including schoolwide behavior support, targeted interventions for students at risk, and functional assessment/behavior support planning for students engaging in severe problem behavior. She frequently leads presentations and workshops on Check-In, Check-Out and positive behavior interventions and supports. In addition to over 20 book chapters and journal articles, she is coauthor of Building Positive Behavior Support Systems in Schools, Second Edition; Responding to Problem Behavior in Schools, Second Edition; and the training DVD Check-In, Check-Out, Second Edition: A Tier 2 Intervention for Students at Risk


"Student substance abuse is an enormously important topic that has received massive media and government attention. But the fact remains that there are limited research-based approaches that offer practical solutions. Burrow-Sanchez and Hawken have written one of those rare books that are both scholarly and practical. This book is a roadmap to effective prevention and group and individual interventions. It is a 'must' for practicing clinicians, students in training, and substance abuse researchers."--William R. Jenson, PhD, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Utah
"This book is a wonderful combination of data and practical interventions for students struggling with substance abuse. It is informative, user friendly, and scientifically sound, giving school-based professionals a resource they can turn to for answers."--Carol Anderson, MEd, Educational Specialist, Emotional Disturbance/Mental Health Issues, Utah State Office of Education
"The authors have done a marvelous job of integrating proven prevention and intervention practices with a sound and practical theory of change. They offer an ecological approach that addresses problems and solutions in the varied contexts in which young people interact, such as schools, peer groups, and communities. Practitioners and educators will love this book, not only for the realistic information it presents, but also for its easy-to-use and accessible format. It would also be an outstanding text for courses on understanding at-risk youth, school-based interventions, and adolescent counseling strategies. I strongly recommend this incredibly useful and creative guide."--Benedict T. McWhirter, PhD, Counseling Psychology Program, University of Oregon