Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA) is an outpatient program for youths and young adults between the ages of 12 and 24 who have substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. A-CRA uses both behavioral and cognitive–behavioral techniques to replace environmental settings and cues that have supported alcohol or drug use with prosocial activities and new social skills that support recovery. A-CRA skills training involves coaching, practice, and feedback, particularly to support the acquisition of better family relationship skills, anger management, and relapse prevention skills. Homework is assigned between sessions and consists of practicing skills learned during sessions and participating in prosocial leisure activities. The A-CRA intervention is typically delivered over 12 to 14 weeks and generally includes 10, 1-hour individual sessions; two, 1-hour sessions with parents/caregivers; and two, 1-hour sessions with both adolescents and parents/caregivers together. (12 CEUs)
Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA)
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