Examining the Effectiveness of the Seven Challenges® Comprehensive Counseling Program With Adolescents

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This study examined the effectiveness of The Seven Challenges® comprehensive counseling program. Results, based on data from 392 adolescent clients enrolled in 7 different agencies providing The Seven Challenges, showed decreases in number of crimes committed; in frequency of substance use; and in severity of substance problems, substance issues, substance use disorders, and internalizing and externalizing disorder symptomatology. Finally, results evidenced improved involvement in self-help activities. These findings strengthen the existing evidence base of The Seven Challenges suggesting its effectiveness as a comprehensive counseling program and its effectiveness across multiple types of health-related outcomes and multiple treatment provider agencies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018



  • adolescent
  • mental health
  • substance use
  • the seven challenges
  • treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Rehabilitation

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