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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
April 16, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Addiction and the Family

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Addictions (only if you are working towards the Addictions certificate).

You do not have to be working toward the Addictions Certificate to take this course

This course has been approved for six core and six related CACCF continuing education hours.

February 27 and 28, 2014
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. |$275
Instructor: Sylvie Smith, BA, ICADC

Addiction affects everyone in the family. Family system theory suggests that individuals in families cannot interact without impacting the whole. This two-day workshop will explore just how each member may be impacted by addiction and how they may use coping skills that eventually may be maladaptive and not helpful to them or to the addicted individual. Family members who have lived with addiction may learn to not feel, not trust and not talk. Working with both family members and the addicted individual can be a challenge. This workshop will provide tools to help facilitate this process in an interactive and practical manner.

Learning objectives:
  • discuss various family theories, including family roles and rules and how addiction can interfere
  • learn about current research and various treatment modalities to help support working with families
  • know how to assess substance abuse/dependence in families and provide treatment planning 
  • investigate how family involvement and recovery can help prevent relapse for both the family members and the addicted individual (including how to support families when the addicted individual is pre-contemplative about changing)
  • increase knowledge about the various community supports available for family member