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  • American Lung Association – Teen tobacco cessation and education resources
  • NIAAA – National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
  • NIDA – National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • SAMHSA – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • MINT – Excellence in Motivational Interviewing
  • MI Resources – Blogs, books, links, and multimedia from MINT
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D’Amico, E. J., & Edelen, M. (2007). Pilot test of Project CHOICE: A voluntary after school intervention for middle school youth. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 21(4), 592–598.

D’Amico, E. J., Green, H. D. J., Miles, J. N. V., Zhou, A. J., Tucker, J. S., & Shih, R. A. (2012). Voluntary after school alcohol and drug programs: If you build it right, they will come. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 22(3), 571–582. PMCID: PMC3526367

D’Amico, E. J., Tucker, J. S., Miles, J. N. V., Zhou, A. J., Shih, R. A., & Green, H. D. J. (2012). Preventing alcohol use with a voluntary after school program for middle school students: Results from a cluster randomized controlled trial of CHOICE. Prevention Science, 13(4), 415-425. PMCID: PMC3353018

D’Amico, E. J., Houck, J. M., Hunter, S. B., Miles, J. N. V., Osilla, K. C., & Ewing, B. A. (2015). Group motivational interviewing for adolescents: Change talk and alcohol and marijuana outcomes. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 83(1), 68-80. PMCID: PMC4324015

D’Amico, E. J., Hunter, S. B., Miles, J. N. V., Ewing, B. A., & Osilla, K. C. (2013). A randomized controlled trial of a group motivational interviewing intervention for adolescents with a first time alcohol or drug offense. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 45(5), 400–408. PMCID: PMC3826597

Houck, J. M., Hunter, S. B., Benson, J. G., Cochrum, L. L., Rowell, L. N., & D’Amico, E. J. (2015). Temporal variation in facilitator and client behavior during group motivational interviewing sessions. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 29(4), 941-949. PMCID: PMC4701607

Osilla, K. C., Ortiz, J. A., Miles, J. N. V., Pedersen, E. R., Houck, J., & D’Amico, E. J. (2015). How group factors affect adolescent change talk and substance use outcomes: Implications for motivational interviewing training. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 62(1), 79-86. PMCID: PMC4300532

Brown, R. A., Dickerson, D. L., & D’Amico, E. J. (2016). Cultural identity among urban American Indian/Alaska Native youth: Implications for intervention design. Prevention Science, 17(7), 852-861.

D’Amico, E. J., Dickerson, D. L., Brown, R. A., Klein, D. J., Agniel, D., & Johnson, C. (2019). Unveiling an ‘invisible’ population: Health, substance use, sexual behavior, culture, and discrimination among urban American Indian/Alaska Native adolescents in California. Ethnicity and Health. [Epub ahead of print.] doi:10.1080/13557858.2018.1562054

D’Amico, E. J., Dickerson, D. L., Brown, R. A., Johnson, C., Agniel, D., & Klein, D. (2020). Motivational Interviewing and Culture for Urban Native American Youth (MICUNAY): A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 111:86-99. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2019.12.011

Dickerson, D. L., Brown, R. A., Johnson, C. L., Schweigman, K., & D’Amico, E. J. (2015). Integrating motivational interviewing and traditional practices to address alcohol and drug use among urban American Indian/Alaska Native youth. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 65, 26-35.

D’Amico, E.J., Feldstein Ewing, S.W., Engle, B., Hunter, S.B., Osilla, K.C., & Bryan, A.  (2010). Group alcohol and drug treatment.  In S. Naar-King and M. Suarez (Eds.) Motivational interviewing with adolescents and young adults.  New York, NY: The Guilford Press, 151-157.

D’Amico, E. J., & Feldstein Ewing, S. W. (2018). Group based interventions for youth. In P. M. Monti, S. M. Colby & T. O. L. Tevyaw (Eds.), Brief interventions for adolescent alcohol and substance abuse (pp. 354-379). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

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We know that this program is working and it’s helping our students make those good choices and be aware of what’s out there.

Tim Stowe, Ed.D.
Deputy Superintendent, Administrative Services
Torrance Unified School District

Group MI For Teens

This work funded by the National Institutes of Health grants R01AA016577, R01DA019938, and R01AA022066.

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Participating in Traditional Practices Improves Outcomes for Native American Youth

Urban Native American Youth Face Unique Challenges

Why is connecting to cultural traditions a protective factor for urban Native American youth?

How can providing cultural education to urban Native American youth foster healthy decision-making around drugs and alcohol?

High Percentage of Youth Saying “Thank You”

Free Talk Is an Asset

CHOICE Is Evidence-based

CHOICE and Word of Mouth

Equipping Youth to Make Healthy Choices

CHOICE Doesn’t Take Time Away from the Curriculum

Is there any one thing about facilitating a group that’s most important to remember?

Do these programs engage parents as well?

Why does group MI work so well with teens?

How can I best use norms feedback with the teens in my group?

What’s the ideal group size?

How do I engage quieter teens?

Is gender imbalance in a group a problem?

How do I deal with difficult teens in my group?

How do I apply motivational interviewing in a group setting with teens?

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