The materials below were reviewed for Readiness for Dissemination. The implementation
point of contact can provide information regarding implementation of the intervention
and the availability of additional, updated, or new materials.
Galanter, M. (2003). Network Therapy for alcohol and drug abuse: Effective office-based treatment. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.
Galanter, M. (n.d.). Network Therapy for alcohol and drug abuse: Effective office-based treatment [VHS Tape]. New York: New York University.
Galanter, M., & Keller, D. (1994). Network Therapy for substance abuse: A therapist's manual. New York: New York University.
Galanter, M., Keller, D., & Dermatis, H. (1997a). Using the Internet for clinical training: A course on Network Therapy for substance abuse. Psychiatric Services, 48(8), 999-1008.
Galanter, M., Keller, D. S., & Dermatis, H. (1997b). Network Therapy for addiction: Assessment of the clinical outcome of training. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 23(3), 355-367.
Keller, D. S., Galanter, M., & Weinberg, S. (1997). Validation of a scale for Network Therapy: A technique for systematic use of peer and family support in addiction treatment. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 23(1), 115-127.
Network Therapy online training course, http://www.med.nyu.edu/substanceabuse/course
Readiness for Dissemination Ratings by Criteria (0.0-4.0 scale)
External reviewers independently evaluate the intervention's Readiness for Dissemination
using three criteria:
- Availability of implementation materials
- Availability of training and support resources
- Availability of quality assurance procedures
For more information about these criteria and the meaning of the ratings, see Readiness for Dissemination.
Training and Support
The brochure, therapist's manual, and videotape provide excellent written and visual descriptions of the goals and methods of this intervention. Engaging family and significant others in the treatment recovery process is a strength of this approach. The therapist manual and video also could, with some tailoring, double for training use. The Network Therapy Rating Scale (NTRS) may be used to measure fidelity to the network therapy methods.
The materials provide little information that might help providers make good use of them. The materials also do not address privacy issues in working with family and significant others, and some of the older psychodynamic materials cited in the manual may be viewed as objectionable by some practitioners and patients in light of the extensive research of the past decade regarding the neurobiology of addiction. There is no description of the content and style of therapist training or any description of the source, qualifications, and preparation of trainers. A well-developed competency-based training and manual is needed, as well as specific protocol for adoption in office-based or other practice models. Clinical supervision is not discussed in any of the materials. Though an online training course is cited, the Web site does not appear to be active. No information is provided on the uses of the NTRS in any practical application of this intervention. The materials provide no information on how, when, where, or by whom reliability is assessed or how assessors are selected, trained, supervised, and evaluated. There is also no description of how reliability information is reported to and used by therapists, supervisors, or others as a way to improve treatment outcomes.