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About the BSFT® Program

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The BSFT® Program helps troubled youth and their families grow through strengthening relationships, building connections, and creating long-lasting change.

The Brief Strategic Family Therapy® Institute The Premier Center for Development and Testing of Minority Family Therapy Interventions

The BSFT® Program was developed by a team of researchers led by José Szapocznik, Ph.D. and Olga Hervis, M.S.W. at the Center for Family Studies, University of Miami. The Center for Family Studies is the nation’s oldest and most prominent center for development and testing of minority family therapy interventions for prevention and treatment of adolescent substance abuse and related behavior problems.

Dr. Szapocznik is an internationally known expert on families and family-based interventions. A professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Psychology, and Educational Research and Counseling Psychology, he is also director of the Spanish Family Guidance Center and the Center for Family Studies, all at the University of Miami. Dr. Szapocznik received the 2000 Presidential Award for “Contributions to the Development of Family-Based Interventions” from the Society for Prevention Research, and, in 1999, received the first ever Research Award from the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

The Brief Strategic Family Therapy® Institute Model Managers offer an unparalleled depth and range of experiences with regard to their higher education, certification, licensure, professional experience, publications, funded research performed, honors and awards, editorial responsibilities, professional and honorary organizations, professional associations, teaching, invited and key note presentations, and community services. Our model managers have implemented programs all over the world including but not limited to the United States, Sweden, and Chile.