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2012-2013 Official General Catalog 
2012-2013 Official General Catalog [Archived Catalog]

ASA 230 - Family Issues in Chemical Dependency

This course will introduce family theory including systems, structural, and experimental models.  Critical issues involving family roles and dynamics specific to families with substance abuse issues will be emphasized.  In addition, the ethical practice of assessment and intervention with families will be explored.


Prerequisite- Corequisite
Prerequisite:  ASA 110 Introduction to Chemical Dependency Studies

Credits: 3
3 Class Hours
Course Profile
Learning Outcomes of the Course:

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

1.  Discuss the major theories of addiction.
2.  Identify the major family structures.
3.  Describe the history of the American family.
4.  Describe Family Systems Theory according to three major family theorists.
5.  Define a genogram and begin to create a personal genogram.
6.  Define co-dependency and identify the family roles according to two major family theorists.
7.  Define family resiliency and identify major ways family structures are changing.
8.  Define Linear and Circular Causality.
9.  Define Cybernetics, Feedback Loops, and Homeostasis related to family dynamics.
10.  Identify open and closed systems, as well as subsystems related to family structures.
11.  Identify five theoretical perspectives of the origin and definition of co-dependency.
12.  Differentiate between major theories of family development and structures.
13.  List the elements of a good family evaluation and assessment.
14.  Identify and discuss different assessment tools and techniques.
15.  Identify and discuss four major intervention models.
16.  Present personal genogram and identify individual family dynamics.
17.  Describe the main steps in intervention with a family that has addiction issues.
18.  Create a treatment plan for a fictional family system.
19.  Diagnose troubled family functioning.
20.  Identify issues among diverse family structures and individualize assessment and treatment planning.
21.  Identify issues such as counter-transference among addiction treatment professionals.