VISTAS Counseling Children and Adolescents

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.



Review of Randomized Controlled Trials in Adolescent Cannabis Use Treatment: A Counseling Practitioner’s Summary

Darren A. Wozny, Kimberly Hall, and Julia Y. Porter

2016

In the United States, adolescent cannabis use is a major public health problem
that if left untreated can potentially have devastating consequences in an
adolescent’s life. Evidence-based counseling treatments are established through
the use of randomized controlled trials whereby adolescents with substance use
issues are typically randomly assigned to one of two counseling treatments to
identify which is most effective in reducing cannabis use at termination and at
follow-up evaluations. Counseling practitioners are ethically bound to maintain
their professional competence with adolescents with cannabis use issues by
keeping current with the professional research literature on treatment
interventions that have established efficacy and effectiveness for this counseling
population. However, for the average practitioner, keeping current with the
counseling intervention research literature can be a daunting and arduous task as
many research studies and systematic reviews are written for the researcher
rather than the practitioner and emphasize research design and statistical issues
and deemphasize the clinical implications. The purpose of this study is to review
and summarize for the practitioner 24 randomized controlled trials involving
counseling treatments for adolescent cannabis use and identify which counseling
treatments work for which adolescent populations for cannabis use.

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