Adolescent Substance Use, Brain Development and Treatment

Adolescent Substance Use, Brain Development, and Psychotherapeutic Change

Adolescence is a critical developmental period that is often associated with behavioral risk-taking and substance use. The prevalence of substance use increases significantly from early to late adolescence and peaks during the transition to adulthood (SAMHSA, 2011). Alcohol use rates increase from 29% to 65% between 8th grade and 12th grade, and similarly illicit drug use increases from 16% to 38% (Johnston, O’Malley, Bachman, & Schulenberg, 2010).

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - Part II of II

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – Part II of II

Self as Context

The concept of observing self or self as context refers to the perception of a universal self that is detached from behaviors and private experiences. It is the viewpoint from which we view our inner experiences (Hayes et al., 2006). It is simply the recognition of a self that notices everything else. Understanding the presence of an observing self is very helpful for clients; as it helps them realize that they exist separate from their actions or experiences.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy to Improve Interpersonal Skills

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Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Emotion Regulation

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Practicing Mindful Meditation While Incarcerated Reduces Substance Use Later

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Mindfulness and Developmental Disabilities

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Increasing Distress Tolerance in Treating BPD with DBT

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Mindfulness Skills in BPD Patients During DBT

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