Resiliency and Culturally- Responsive Practice for Adolescents and Young Adults with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Challenges

  • Brenda Williams-GrayEmail author
Part of the Advances in Mental Health and Addiction book series (AMHA)


The developmental challenges of adolescence and young adulthood create particular vulnerabilities for those with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health issues. This chapter will provide practitioners with a theoretical framework to identify protective factors that promote resiliency and well-being for adolescence and young adults in the treatment process. The importance of the practitioner’s use of self to facilitate a culturally responsive approach in the worker-client relationship is described. A case example will integrate the use of a resiliency and culturally informed practice with attention to strengths and challenges. Practitioners will be able to discern the congruence of this approach with social work values and theories that guide clinical practice.


Protective factors Resiliency Culturally responsive Adolescence Mental health Substance abuse 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lehman College/CUNYBronxUSA

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