Family Therapy Training Institute of Miami
Training therapists to help 
at-risk children and their families
through the model evidence based program
Brief Strategic Family Therapy®(BSFT®)
Contact Information
1221 Brickell Avenue,
9th Floor, Miami, FL 33131
Toll Free: (888) 527 -3828

FAX: (786) 953-8404



Welcome Team # 3 From the left Top row:

LaNeisha Murphy now training as a BSFT Supervisor (BCS), Candace Trato, Shayna Irvine, our own Silvia Kaminsky, Vanessa Vodel

Bottom row: Nicole Nasierowski and Shanita Theil

Last Updated on:: 02 / 22 / 2017
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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


The BSFT Manual as it appears on NIDAhttp://ctndisseminationlibrary.org/PDF/32.pdf


BSFT summarized description in Choosing the Right Treatment: What Families Need to Know About Evidence-Based Practices, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)