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Intensive family therapy with at-risk youth : a preliminary critical incident study
Giselle Tranquilla (author)Robert Lees (thesis supervisor)Marvin McDonald (second reader)Faith Auton-Cuff (external examiner)Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
Multisystemic Therapy (MST) has been established as an effective treatment approach to working with at-risk youth. The Intensive Family Therapy Project followed the basic tenets of MST and adapted them to a rural community setting in British Columbia. The Project was designed to work with young offenders and their families in addressing delinquent behavior from a holistic perspective. This study used the Critical Incident Technique to examine what clients found helpful and unhelpful about the treatment program. Nine interviews were conducted involving six families. Data from the interviews was classified into seven categories, 26 subcategories. Results indicate participants found involvement in the project was more helpful than hindering, as indicated by the higher rate of positive incidents. Clients' voices identified Intensive Family Therapy as a valuable treatment approach and results indicate the potential for adapted forms of MST to be applicable, relevant and effective in working with these families.
Systemic therapy (Family therapy)Family psychotherapy.Adolescent psychotherapy.Juvenile delinquency – Prevention.