An outpatient dual diagnosis treatment program for adolescent substance abusers who have been exposed to interpersonal trauma: A community mental health model in a rural Latino community
This researcher has been involved in developing an outpatient dual diagnosis treatment program for Latino adolescents residing in a rural, migrant farming community. A preliminary evaluation of staff satisfaction with the program suggested few modifications are needed for the program to continue. Components of the program include empirically based treatment techniques and screening tools that specifically address substance use, mental illness, and trauma exposure in this population. Empirically based assessment screening tools for depression, anxiety, and traumatic experiences; individual trauma-focused cognitive behavioral psychotherapy, family systems psychotherapy, individual chemical dependency counseling, and manualized Hazelden model group chemical dependency counseling comprised the services offered.
A program satisfaction questionnaire was developed to assess, in a preliminary fashion, the satisfaction of the mental health professionals participating in the administration, facilitation, and overall service delivery of the adolescent dual diagnosis program. Responses indicated that mental health professionals were highly satisfied with the quality, utility, and ease of administration of the program. Responses also indicated that minimal modification to the program is necessary in order for it to continue to be implemented in the community mental health center. Suggested program modifications included a consistent implementation of the family psychotherapy component and acquiring additional community resources and mentors for the population being served.
Minority & ethnic groups;
0631: Minority & ethnic groups
0347: Mental health