BSFT® Program News : 2010 : April

BSFT® Program at Crosswinds Youth Services Awarded Prestigious SAMHSA Award

For over 30 years, Crosswinds Youth Services (Cocoa, FL) has been dedicated to helping vulnerable youth and their families. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has recently selected 28 organizations across the USA to receive their 2010 Science and Service Awards. These awards recognize exemplary implementation of evidence-based interventions that have been shown to prevent and/or treat mental illnesses and substance abuse. Crosswinds was one of six agencies nationwide bestowed the award for “treatment of substance abuse and recovery support services,” based on their implementation of the Brief Strategic Family Therapy® (BSFT®) model.

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Brief Strategic Family Therapy® restored a nurturing relationship among Amanda, Roberto, and Nelson.

Reclaiming the Child, Reconnecting the Family

For months on end, Roberto’s bedroom was a place of refuge. In his family’s small apartment, his room was where he could watch TV, talk on the phone with his girlfriend, and send text messages without risking an argument with his dad. In this safe haven, father and son would not cross paths. To make matters worse, the once close relationship with his mother was under strain.

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Stephen “Kris” Denny (L), Crosswinds BSFT™ Program On-Site Supervisor and Karen Locke (R), Crosswinds C.O.O.

BSFT® Program Agency Recognizes Excellence

Since the 1970s, community agency Crosswinds Youth Services (Cocoa, FL) has been creating opportunities for young people to succeed. Crosswinds is part of Florida’s “Redirection Program,” launched in 2004 by its Department of Juvenile Justice to “redirect” troubled youth from residential placements to more effective, family-focused, evidence-based treatment. The BSFT® Program has been implemented at Crosswinds since November, 2007.

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