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Oklahoma Partnership Initiative-2

This research study tests the effectiveness of solution-focused brief therapy for substance abusing parents in the child welfare system.

The Oklahoma Partnership Initiative Phase-2 (OPI-2) proposes to increase the well-being and improve the permanency outcomes for children affected by substance abuse. The overall goal of this project is to build on Oklahoma's collaborative infrastructure to meet the needs of families involved with both substance abuse treatment and the child welfare system.

This study used a randomized controlled trial (RCT) design to answer the research aim and test the effectiveness of SFBT on families involved in the child welfare system. Half of the counselors at a community-based substance abuse and mental health agency were selected to receive SFBT training. The other counselors at each agency served as the control group and continued working with their clients providing treatment-as-usual, which consisted of cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing.

Data analysis consisted of linear mixed models to test changes and Hedges's g effect size to calculate treatment effects.