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Treating Co-occurring Adolescent PTSD and Addiction

Treating Co-occurring Adolescent PTSD and Addiction
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Adolescents with Trauma and Substance-Abuse Disorders





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ISBN: 9781626251335
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About the Book

Research has shown that, for many teens, trauma can lead to addiction. Now, for the first time ever, two mental health experts offer a powerful, integrative program to effectively treat teens with these co-occurring issues.

Trauma and addiction often present side by side. However, up until now, clinicians have lacked the tools needed to treat these two issues together. Based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-two proven-effective therapies for addiction and mental health issues-Treating Co-occurring Adolescent PTSD and Addiction is essential for anyone working with adolescents with addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Developed and researched explicitly for dual diagnosis adolescent clients, this book provides a range of mindfulness practices and tools to help your client be present in what he or she is experiencing-instead of slipping into a pattern of avoidance. In addition, the cognitive behavioral strategies can help adolescents who are at risk of recurrent trauma, and who could therefore benefit from practicing coping strategies to assist them in their current daily situations.

This is a must-have resource for any mental health provider treating adolescents with dual diagnosis of PTSD and addiction.


Lisa R. Fortuna (Author)
Lisa R. Fortuna, MD, is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist with over fifteen years of clinical experience with children, adolescents, and families. She is currently faculty at Boston University School of Medicine and medical... Read more

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Zayda Vallejo (Author)
Zayda Vallejo, MLitt, is a certified senior teacher in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) adjunct faculty at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. For a decade and... Read more

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Florence Meleo-Meyer (Foreword by)
Florence Meleo-Meyer, MS, MA, is director of the Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and Training at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is... Read more

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“This outstanding, state-of-the-art treatment program is an essential resource for all clinicians helping all adolescents reclaim and rebuild their lives after the devastating effects of trauma and addiction.”
Kim T. Mueser, PhD, director of the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and professor of occupational therapy, psychology, and psychiatry at Boston University

“The world is witnessing an explosion of mindfulness possibilities, but mindfulness is not a generic, one-size-fits-all fix. The process and delivery of a mindfulness-based program demands subtle adjustments in dosage and approach, including knowledge about how mindfulness practice may impact specific populations. Fortuna and Vallejo bring mature experience and deep wisdom to the task. By blending mindfulness with therapeutic interventions, such as cognitive restructuring and motivational interviewing (among others), this guide is a trustworthy companion in meeting your adolescent clients in skillful, responsive, and life-affirming ways.”
Lynn Koerbel, MPH, associate director of the Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and Training at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, coauthor of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook for Anxiety, and teacher of MBSR since 2005

“Adolescents with complex trauma lack a basic sense of safety in the world and an understanding of others as responsive and trustworthy. It is through relationship that we develop the capacity to be seen and to be known. This wonderful guide helps teens restore safety and predictability within their bodies, a sense of agency in the world, and an understanding of themselves as worthy of care.”
David Schouela, staff yoga teacher at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute (JRI), Brookline, MA

“As a father, it is very comforting to know that two very dedicated, wise, and loving clinicians have written a hands-on treatment manual for adolescents living with PTSD and addiction. The practices of mindfulness have the power to transform and heal the wounded heart. Thank you, Lisa and Zayda, for loving and caring for our children.”
Bob Stahl, PhD, coauthor of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Living with Your Heart Wide OpenCalming the Rush of Panic, A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook for Anxiety, and MBSR Every Day

“This book is just what I was looking for to assist me in my work with adolescents struggling with PTSD and substance abuse. What I really appreciated was that the authors offer clear and useful solutions for working with teens that may never have practiced any type of self-soothing techniques. Not only does the book provide concrete explanations of strategies such as mindfulness and meditations, but it also gives step-by-step guidelines as to how to implement them into my practice. As a social worker in an urban middle school, this book has given me intervention techniques that will assist the students so that they can calm down to the point that they are able to identify the underlying feelings that are causing them to act out in school.”
Stacy L. Homan, LICSW, School Adjustment Counselor, Worcester East Middle School, Worcester, MA

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