Selected Publications and Web links in support of BSFT, FET, or other evidence-based practices
Szapocznik, J., Hervis, O. (2003). Therapy manuals for drug addiction. Manual 5, Brief strategic family therapy for adolescent drug abuse. National Institute on Drug Abuse therapy manuals for drug addiction, Manual 5. Rockville, Md: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Hervis, O.E., Shea, K.S., & Kaminsky, S.M. (2009) Brief Strategic Family Therapy: Treating the Hispanic Couple Subsystem in the Context of Family, Ecology and Acculturative Stress. In Thomas, V.K. & Rastogi, M (Eds) Multicultural Couples Therapy, California: Sage Publications
Szapocznik, J., Rio, A., Murray, E., Cohen, R., Scopetta, M.A., Rivas-Vasquez, A., Hervis, O.E. & Posada, V. (1989). Structural family versus psychodynamic child therapy for problematic Hispanic boys. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 57 (5), 571-578. ** Winner of the 1990 Outstanding Research Publication Award of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.
Hervis, O.E., Szapocznik, J., Mitrani, V., Rio, A. and Kurtines, W., (1998) Structural Family Systems Ratings Scale. In J. Touliatos (Ed.) Handbook of Family Measurement Techniques (2nd edition), New York: Microfiche Publications.
Kurtines, W.M., Hervis, O.E. & Szapocznik, J. (1989). Brief strategic family therapy (BSFT). In J. Szapocznik & W.M. Kurtines, Breakthroughs in family therapy with drug abusing and problem youth. New York: Springer Publishing Company.
Hervis, O.E. & Szapocznik, J. (1987). Un enfoque estrategico y estructural de terapia familiar [A strategic structural approach to family therapy]. Washington, D.C.: Pan American Health Organization.
Szapocznik, J.; Rio, A.T.; Hervis, O.E.; Mitrani, V.B.; Kurtines, W.M.; & Faraci, A.M. (1991). Assessing change in family functioning as a result of treatment: the Structural Family Systems Rating Scale (SFSR). Journal of Marital and Family Therapy 17(3): 295-310.
Kaminsky, S., Kurtines, W., Hervis, O.E., Millon, C., Blaney, N. & Szapocznik, J. (1989). A family systems perspective in counseling HIV infected persons and their families. In P. Van Steijn (Ed.) AIDS: A combined environmental and systems approach. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Swets and Zeitlinger.
Szapocznik, José, W.M. Kurtines, F. Foote, A. Perez–Vidal, and Olga E. Hervis. 1986. “Conjoint Versus One-Person Family Therapy: Further Evidence for the Effectiveness of Conducting Family Therapy Through One Person.” Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 54(3):395–97.
Hervis, O.E., Szapocznik, J., Mitrani, V.B., Rio, A.T. & Kurtines, W.M. (1991). Structural family systems ratings: A revised manual. Miami, FL: Spanish Family Guidance Center, Department of Psychiatry, University of Miami School of Medicine.
Szapocznik, José, A. Perez–Vidal, Olga E. Hervis, A.L. Brickman, and W.M. Kurtines. 1989. “Innovations in Family Therapy: Strategies for Overcoming Resistance to Treatment.” In R.A. Wells and V.J. Giannetti (eds.). Handbook of the Brief Psychotherapies. New York, N.Y.: Plenum Press, 93–114.
Sexton, Thomas L., Weeks, Gerald R., Robbins , Michael S. (2003). Handbook of Family Therapy: The Science and Practice of Working with Families and Couples, Published by Psychology Press.
Szapocznik, José, A. Rio, E. Murray, R. Cohen, M.A. Scopetta, A. Rivas–Vasquez, Olga E. Hervis, and V. Posada. 1989. “Structural Family Versus Psychodynamic Child Therapy for Problematic Hispanic Boys.” Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 57(5):571-78.
Bell, C.S., Bryan, J., Cheu, D., Curent, E., Green, A., Herdricks, L., Hervis, O.E., Ishoiyama, T., McDonald, A., Medicine, B., Padilla, A.M., Trigg, H, Trimble, J. & Wong, H.Z. (1987). Drug abuse among ethnic minorities. Office of Science Monograph Series, National Institute on Drug Abuse, DHHS Publication No. (ADM) 87-1474.
Szapocznik, J., Hervis, O.E., & Schwartz, S. 2003. Brief strategic family therapy for adolescent drug abuse (NIH Publication No. 03-4751). NIDA Therapy Manuals for Drug Addiction. Rockville, MD: National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Szapocznik, J., Perez Vidal, A., Brickman, A., Foote, F.H., Santisteban, D., Hervis, O.E. & Kurtines, W.M. (1988). Engaging adolescent drug abusers and their families into treatment: A strategic structural systems approach. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 56 (4), 552-557. [Reprinted in Annual Review of Addictions Research and Treatment, 1991, 331-336.]
Hervis, O. E. (1979). Drug abuse research priorities among Cuban Americans. S.l: s.n., Annual Review of Addictions: Research and Treatment, 1991, 331-336
Soo-Hoo, Terry, (1999). BRIEF STRATEGIC FAMILY THERAPY WITH CHINESE AMERICANS, The American Journal of Family Therapy, April (27):163 – 179.
Szapocznik, J, Hervis, O. E, Rio, A, Kurtines, WM & Foote, F. (1989). How to understand families as structural systems. In J. Szapocznik & W. Kurtines, Breakthroughs in family therapy with drug abusing & problem youth. N.Y.: Springer Publishing.
Szapocznik, J., Rio, A., Hervis, O. E., Foote, F. & Kurtines, W.M. (1989). Assessment and diagnosis: The family tasks and the structural family system ratings. In J. Szapocznik & W.M. Kurtines, Breakthroughs in family therapy with drug abusing and problem youth. New York: Springer Publishing Company.
Robbins, M., Hervis, O.E., Mitrani, V., and Szapocznik, J., (2000) Assessing Changes in Family Interactions: The Structural Family Systems Ratings. In P.K.Kerig and K.M. Lindahl, Family Observational Coding Systems, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Kaminsky, S., Kurtines, W., Hervis, O.E., Blaney, N., Millon, C. & Szapocznik, J. (1990). Life enhancement counseling with HIV infected Hispanic gay males. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 12 (2), 177-195.
Santisteban, D. A., et al, (2003), “The Efficacy of Brief Strategic Family Therapy in Modifying Hispanic Adolescent Behavior Problems and Substance Use” Journal of Family Psychology Mar;17(1):121-33
Fixsen, D. L., Naoom, S. F., Blase, K. A., Friedman, R. M. & Wallace, F. (2005). Implementation Research: A Synthesis of the Literature. Tampa, FL: University of South Florida, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, The National Implementation Research Network (FMHI Publication #231). http://cfs.fmhi.usf.edu/resources/publications/NIRN_Monograph_Full.pdf
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) selected BSFT as the adolescent treatment to be featured in their Treatment Manual Series. The BSFT manual introduces counselors to concepts to understand the family as a vital context within which adolescent drug abuse occurs. It also describes strategies for creating a therapeutic relationship with families, assessing and diagnosing maladaptive patterns of family interactions, and changing family interaction patterns.
You can download a copy of the abbreviated BSFT treatment manual at the following Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention OJJDP websites:
UNCG Center for Youth, Family, and Community Partnerships - North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services. BSFT fact sheet from their summary of Evidence Based Practices for Adolescent Substance Abuse
BSFT description on the Criminal Justice Institute, University of Arkansas, Safe Schools Initiative
BSFT highlighted as a proven effective therapy model in the publication Cutting Repeat Crimes by Juvenile Offenders, published by the Fight Crime: Invest in Kids organization http://www.fightcrime.org/state/usa/reports/safer-streets-cutting-repeat-crimes-juvenile-offenders-2007
Harvard Family Research Project
BSFT was highlighted in the Harvard Family Research Project, “Family Involvement Makes a Difference”, 2007
BSFT summarized description in Choosing the Right Treatment: What Families Need to Know About Evidence-Based Practices, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
BSFT summary of results from the NIDA National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials, FY 2007. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Drug Control Strategy-FY2009 Budget Summary
BSFT recommended in The Question of Adapting Motivational Interviewing with American Indian and Alaska Native Populations, from the Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions, the University of New Mexico
BSFT implementation success- Mary Scholz, Carroll County, Maryland, 4th Annual Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference: Connecting Families and Youth with Evidence Based Practice Evidence-June 2007, Brief Strategic Family Therapy: Serving Families in Carroll County http://www.ccysb.org/index.php?pid=71
BSFT listed as an example of one of the most effective interventions for treatment of mental disorders among youth - Blueprint for Change; a Comprehensive Model for the Identification and Treatment of Youth with Mental Health Needs in Contact with the Juvenile Justice System www.ncmhjj.com/Blueprint/pdfs/Blueprint.pdf