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Family Therapy and the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

About the Course:

This text serves as a guide to the use of family therapy methods and techniques in the treatment of substance abuse disorder in the context of overall support provided to families dealing with addiction. With a focus on the use of the techniques and concepts of family therapy drawing upon the Bowen Family Systems Theory, in conjunction with principals underlying the 12 Step Program, the text provides a broader scope of treatment than individual-focused approaches alone. In its recognition and acknowledgement of the many and diverse ways family systems impact substance abuse disorder, this multifactored alternative to more common individual-focused models and interventions acknowledges the role of family systems in impacts, using discussion questions and case narratives of former addicts.

This course is based on the book, Family Therapy and the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders created by Melody Bacon, Ph.D. in 2019

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Course Material Author

Melody Bacon, Ph.D.

Dr. Bacon is a professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Department at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has been an instructor and administrator for over 18 years and has been with the Chicago School of Professional Psychology for 10 years. In addition, Dr. Bacon is a clinical psychologist specializing in relational issues and has been in practice for over 20 years. Her clinical orientation centers on the work of Dr. Carl Jung and is informed by Bowen Family Systems.

Course Creator

David M. Lutkemeier

David Lutkemeier holds a BA degree in psychology, a master’s degree in developmental psychology, and a doctorate degree from the University of Cincinnati in Special Education and Psychology. He is certified as a psychologist by the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners, as well as holding public school superintendent certification in Arizona and California. Dr. Lutkemeier has worked as an assistant professor at Arizona State University, a school psychologist, special education director, assistant superintendent, and superintendent in both Arizona and California. David, working as a consultant with a national curriculum management group (CMSi) has completed over two dozen comprehensive district-wide curriculum audits in 15 states over the past 20 years and has worked as a test developer for CE Learning Systems for the past ten years.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Explain the theoretical basis for family therapy treatment models that address substance abuse.

  2. Describe the techniques and strategies associated with integrated treatment models providing substance abuse treatment using family therapy methods and techniques.

  3. Identify ways in which the fields of family therapy and substance abuse can supplement one another so as to improve overall client service outcomes.

  4. Contrast the more frequently used individual-focused model of addiction treatment with approaches that integrate family therapy into the treatment process.

  5. Differentiate treatment approaches associated with those relying on individualistic and linear approaches versus those employing with more systemic perspectives.

  6. Evaluate costs and benefits associated with the elimination of barriers to integration of family therapy in substance abuse treatment.

Course Material

References begin on page 148.

Course Material

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Course Number 103044
8 credit hours
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