Robert Schwebel

Robert Schwebel

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Robert Schwebel is a clinical psychologist who wrote and developed The Seven Challenges®. It is an evidence-based comprehensive counseling program that incorporates work on drug problems, first designed for adolescents and young adults, and now adapted for adults of all ages. Widely used across the United States, and in Canada and Germany, the program has been implemented in community agencies, residential treatment centers, public and private schools, treatment schools, juvenile justice facilities, and drug courts. Robert works closely with organizations to provide clinical support and oversight.

Over the years, Robert wrote several books including Saying No Is Not Enough; Keep Your Kids Tobacco-Free; and Who’s on Top, Who’s on Bottom: How Couples Can Learn to Share Power. He is regularly called for comments and interviews, and has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, CNN and other national media.

In his career, Robert directed publicly funded agencies that provide prevention and counseling services, and maintained a private practice for many years. Currently he works on program development; provides lectures and workshops; and has a special interest in promoting progressive public policy and social justice in his professional work. He and his wife live in Tucson, AZ, and seek out as much time as possible with their two young adult children.

Latest Contributions to Rehabs.com

You Can’t Rescue People with Drug Problems

You Can’t Rescue People with Drug Problems

November 4th, 2019 Robert Schwebel 6 minute read
When “rescuers” intervene, the aggressive approach can create discord and the people being “saved” tend to resist. A better alternative to rescuing is respectful, cooperative dialogue that engages people in discussion.
Learned Powerlessness

Learned Powerlessness

November 4th, 2019 Robert Schwebel 5 minute read
The only problem with telling people that they are powerless over their drug use is that they are not powerless. They and they alone have the power to quit using drugs.
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