SSWK250 Family Therapy with Addicted Families/CAC

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Social & Behavioral Science Department Archive

I. Course Number and Title
SSWK250 Family Therapy with Addicted Families/CAC Course No Longer Offered
II. Number of Credits
2 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
25 hours, 2 alternate Fridays - 3-8:30 p.m., 2 alternate Saturdays - 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
CAC APPROVED
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course will examine in depth the historical prospective of family therapy with addicted families. Several models of family therapy will be discussed and the use of genograms as an effective tool for developing strategies for treating addicted families.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Knowledge of:
      1. Historical development of family therapy in the treatment of addiction.
      2. Models of therapy used to treat addicted families.
      3. Influences of family's ethnic, racial and cultural differences in relation to addiction and how this impacts on treatment.
      4. Awareness of therapist's attitude and values regarding addicted families and how this impacts on treatment.
    2. Skills:
      1. To sharpen students' observational skills, so they can observe family behavior dynamics more objectively.
      2. Enhance students' cognitive processing ability by reading the written material distributed and participating in class discussions regarding family dynamics and treatment of addicted families.
      3. Students to develop good working knowledge of genograms and their use in treatment.
      4. Establish good assessment skills and knowledge of models of family therapy in order to design strategies for treatment of addicted families.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    Each student will be required to examine addicted families using historical data, including a genogram with three generations shown; patterns of addiction, family dynamics, prescribed roles of each family member, roadblocks to recovery, i.e., use of defense mechanisms, such as denial of addiction as resistance to treatment. The final portion of the course will address strategies for treatment outcomes.
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Available upon request from the Social & Behavioral Science Department.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
There will be one test and one term paper. The test will consist of material covered in lectures, handouts, and class discussions. They will be both objective and essay.

Review/Approval Date - 11/95