Harm Reduction for High-Risk Adolescent Substance Abusers

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Harm Reduction for High-Risk Adolescent Substance Abusers

By: Maurice S. Fisher Sr., PhD

Publication date: 2014
ISBN: 978-0-87101-469-6

In Harm Reduction for High-Risk Adolescent Substance Abusers, Maurice S. Fisher Sr. shares his experience of helping adolescent clients take charge of their life after negative consequences of substance use or abuse, and empowering young men and women to make better choices and minimize risky behaviors, using harm reductive methods. This book provides the research, discussion, and specific clinical techniques that can be used in private practices. Cognitive–behavioral therapy and skill development, psychoeducational and interpersonal skills, anger management, and support group therapies are discussed, as are ethical issues that may come up in practice.

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In Harm Reduction for High-Risk Adolescent Substance Abusers, Maurice S. Fisher Sr. shares his experience of helping adolescent clients take charge of their life after negative consequences of substance use or abuse, and empowering young men and women to make better choices and minimize risky behaviors, using harm reductive methods.

Harm reductive methods are used for adolescents who are at higher risk for aggression and violence during three phases: while obtaining the drugs, during active use, and during withdrawal from the substances. Fisher explains harm reduction as an evidence-based method that concentrates on behavior modification and refrains from making moral judgments. He recognizes abstinence-only programs as unrealistic, moral value–laden frameworks based on dishonesty and simplification. It is not the substance use, but rather the physical, psychosocial, emotional, and often legal consequences of use that lead to terrible consequences among adolescents.

Harm Reduction for High-Risk Adolescent Substance Abusers provides the research, discussion, and specific clinical techniques that can be used in private practices. Cognitive–behavioral therapy and skill development, psychoeducational and interpersonal skills, anger management, and support group therapies are discussed, as are ethical issues that may come up in practice.

The book serves as a good resource for therapists, counselors, and clinicians to help adolescents who have lost control and are signaling for help to get their life back on track and grow into adulthood as successful members of society.

Pages: 230
Language: English
Publisher: NASW PRESS
Edition: 1
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Maurice S. Fisher Sr., PhD

Maurice S. Fisher Sr., PhD, has been in clinical practice for 30 years. He is currently in full-time clinical practice at Comprehensive Counseling Services, Inc., in Roanoke, Virginia.

Dr. Fisher holds a master’s degree in clinical social work and a doctoral degree in clinical social work and social policy. He is licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia in mental health and substance abuse. He is certified in Virginia as a sex offender treatment provider and a certified substance abuse counselor. He holds numerous other national mental health and substance abuse treatment certifications. He chaired and was a full member of the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) section committee for NASW.

Dr. Fisher is proficient in comprehensive psychosocial health evaluations, substance abuse disorders, mental health disorders, sex offender status, risk assessments, victim impact analysis, and custody evaluations as well as assessments of parent–child psychosocial alienation.

Dr. Fisher is experienced in the treatment of substance-abusing mentally ill adolescent and adult consumers; people with thought, major mood, anxiety, and personality disorders; people with anger management or domestic violence problems; sexual offenders; and people with other forensic needs. On average, Dr. Fisher is in court as an expert witness twice weekly throughout Virginia.

Dr. Fisher currently lives in Fincastle, Virginia.