Brief Strategic Family Therapy Program Receives U.S. and European Trademark Registrations
José Szapocznik, Ph.D., professor and chair of epidemiology and public health and director of the Center for Family Studies, has received registration in the United States and Europe for the trademarked Brief Strategic Family Therapy® Program, which he pioneered at the Miller School more than three decades ago.
Administered by the BSFT® Institute, led by Joan Muir, Ph.D., at the University of Miami Center for Family Studies, the program is a cost-effective, evidence-based, family-focused intervention used to improve family interactions, treat behavioral problems and reduce delinquency and drug use in adolescents.
Since 2002, the United States Department of Justice and the National Institute on Drug Abuse has endorsed the program in its Therapy Manuals for Drug Addiction.
The University’s BSFT® domestic trademark application was registered on March 20, and the European registration was issued March 1 in 27 countries of the European Union, according to Darnele Liautaud Wright, assistant general counsel, in the Office of the Vice President and General Counsel. BSFT® is currently used in community agencies in the United States and Europe under license to UM/BSFT® Institute, and is part of the highly successful Florida Redirections program which has demonstrated reduced recidivism and cost-savings in the treatment of juveniles.