DHMAS: Adolescent Disorders

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DHMAS: Adolescent Disorders

December 6, 2013 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Child & Family Agency and DMHAS Present:

Preventing Adolescent Disorders


Description: This day-long seminar is the outgrowth of a two year project to identify promising and effective criminal justice substance abuse prevention and treatment programs for adolescents and adults, resulting in the book Substance Abuse Treatment Practice in Criminal Justice Settings. Presentations will examine the relationship between crime and substance abuse and how that connection might be broken (primary prevention). Next, the cycle of recidivism will be examined and what efforts currently appear most effective in breaking that cycle (treatment). Finally, the use of one effective evidence-based intervention Functional Family Therapy (FFT) will be examined.



Thomas Sexton is the director of the Center for Adolescent and Family Studies and professor in Counseling Psychology Program at the School of Education, Indiana University-Bloomington. He earned his bachelor’s degree at theUniversity ofMissouri in Psychology and his doctorate degree atFloridaStateUniversity in Counseling Psychology. He is a licensed Psychologist, a Diplomat in Family Psychology, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and Past-President of the Society for Family Psychology (a division of APA) with an extensive publication list in family therapy models, family therapy outcomes, and Functional Family Therapy (FFT).  Dr. Sexton helped develop the FFT clinical model and disseminate FFT nationally and internationally. He is also one of the nation’s leading researchers in the transportation of evidence-based practices into community settings. His research interests include Family Psychology, family based interventions for at-risk youth, Functional Family Therapy, and outcome and process research in evidence-based psychological intervention programs.


Gary M. Blau, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist and is currently the Chief of the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch of the Center for Mental Health Services. In this role he provides national leadership for children’s mental health and for creating “systems of care” across the country. Prior to this, Dr. Blau was the Bureau Chief of Quality Management and Director of Mental Health at the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF), and the Director of Clinical Services at the Child and Family Agency of Southeastern,Connecticut.


Bert Plant is the Director of Programs and Services for the Connecticut Department of Children and Families and a Clinical Instructor in Psychology at The Yale Child Study Center.  In addition to his clinical and administrative responsibilities Dr. Plant is a frequent lecturer and has published numerous articles in books, magazines, and scholarly journals.  He has been actively involved in the reform of the mental health system for children inConnecticut where he served on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Mental Health.  He is currently a member of an interdepartmental team (DCF & DSS Behavioral Health Partnership) responsible for implementing a major reform of the children’s behavioral health system in the state.  Dr. Plant’s professional and research interests have been in the areas of self-determination and autonomy support as applied to various clinical issues, clinical program development, and the management of behavioral health services. 


Date:  Friday, December 6, 2013

Time:  9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Registration: 8:30 a.m.

Place:  Hilton Garden Inn,85 Glastonbury Blvd.,Glastonbury,CT 06033  

Phone: 860-659-1025


A light breakfast and lunch are provided without charge.

There is no cost for attending this seminar.


Please register online at www.cfapress.org (click on Workshops & complete the Registration Form) or email Chris at kullstroemc@cfapress.org

(phone: 860-443-2896 x1400)



Social Work CEU’S have been applied for.


Funding for this seminar series is made possible by a grant from the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS).


December 6, 2013
9:00 am - 3:00 pm