Author Jill D. Onedera. The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, vol. 14, no.3 (July 2006): 306-311 by SAGE Publications Ltd./SAGE Publications, Inc. All rights reserved, c2006 Sage Publications. DOI: 10.1177/1066480706287802. Available at


This article presents the functional family therapy of James Alexander, focusing on his work with high risk youth who are high risk, delinquent, and who abuse substances. The interview addresses evidence-based interventions, indivudalizing treatment, and prevention of violence. Training efforts and recent developments in functional family therapy are discussed.


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