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Adapt: Advancing Decision Making and Problem Solving for Teens

ADAPT (Advancing Decision Making and Problem Solving for Teens) is a small-group intervention for middle and high school students who are at risk for substance use, aggression, truancy, poor school performance, and depressive moods. The program's 12 sessions teach fundamental skills such as:

  • Effective problem solving
  • Decision making
  • Refusing drugs
  • Effective communication
  • Anger management

Students practice using strategies in the context of issues they are experiencing. Sessions include guided practice in and out of school with strategies such as: behavioral mapping, identifying triggers, role-playing, and practicing skills in context.

A school professional facilitates sessions, which last from 45 to 60 minutes. We encourage facilitators to customize sessions to fit the needs of their school settings.

ADAPT includes a CD with in-session worksheets, homework assignments, and other tools for group facilitators. Where appropriate, forms can be modified with school- or community-specific information.


Field-testing showed reductions in depressive symptoms, increases in self-esteem, and good rates of abstinence for substance use.


For Grades:
 : 8–12
Publication Date:
  232 pp. (spiral bound) and 1 CD (42 pp. fillable forms, 1 Excel spreadsheet)
Product ID:
  Jason Burrow-Sanchez
Price: $45.00

Jason Burrow Sanchez

Dr. Jason Burrow-Sanchez


Jason Burrow-Sánchez is Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology in the Department of Educational Psychology and the Utah Addiction Center, both at the University of Utah. He earned his doctorate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Oregon in 2003. His research areas include the prevention and treatment of substance abuse in adolescent populations in school and community settings, with a particular interest in Latino adolescents. His program of research has been funded at the local, state and national levels. He has published numerous articles and book chapters and is the senior author of the book Helping Students Overcome Substance Abuse: Effective Practices for Prevention and Intervention. In addition, he is a licensed psychologist in the State of Utah.


Field testing in a high-school setting showed reductions in depressive symptoms, increases in self-esteem, and good rates of abstinence from substances among ADAPT group participants.

Students reported:

I feel like I'm a part of the school now. I see other students in the group who say "hi" when they see me in the halls.

Since being in the program, I have been able to stand up to my friends more and also try to help them when they are having a bad time.

I feel like I can make better decisions, and I know how to look at some of my problemss differently.

I am not getting as angry. It has been nice to have the group to talk with about some of the hard times...

Teachers reported:

I believe [student] was influenced a great deal by ADAPT. She improved attendance, was less depressed, and felt better about herself.

I saw positive changes in [student's] behavior. There are fewer confrontations.  A "kinder, gentler" [student].

It seems like I saw a positive attitude change for [student]. I think she did benefit from the program, and I'd like to see her get into another group.

Parents reported:

I feel my child has done 110% better since beginning this program.

I think it really helped my daughter. She likes it...talking to other people who had the same problems would help her get opinions, and she was able to express herself.