• Strengths Planning for Building Recovery Capital

    For decades, addiction professionals have been providing screening and assessment instruments that evaluate problem severity, complexity, and chronicity, but offer little data on the internal and external resources individuals and families can mobilize in resolving such problems (White & Cloud, 2008).


  • Social Determinants of Health and Behavioral Health Challenges

    The behavioral health field is engaged in a movement to expand the conventional medical treatment model of care that emphasizes diagnosis and subsequent treatment to the more comprehensive and inclusive model of population health. Improving “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group” (Kindig & Stoddard, 2003) is the critical focus of the population health model.


Douglas C. Smith

Dr. Smith is assistant professor of social work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his PhD in Social Work in 2006 from the University of Iowa. He has worked in the substance abuse field for 15 years as a clinician, clinical supervisor and researcher. He is a clinician at heart and his research focuses on improving treatments for substance-abusing adolescents and young adults.

He is co-author of the Strengths Oriented Family Therapy (SOFT) model, an evidence-based treatment for adolescents. He currently oversees three active clinical outcome studies funded by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the U.S. Department of Justice. On a personal note, he delights in raising his two daughters, reading science fiction and in being an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

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