This course will provide a positive environment for reflection on one's own attitudes and beliefs about addiction. Students will gain perspective and knowledge about systemic interventions for clients presenting with addictive behaviours. Topics include: theories of addiction and recovery, assessment of addictive behaviours and relationship dynamics, formulation of a comprehensive plan including first and second order of change interventions, and systemic approaches to substance abuse and process addiction treatment.
This course is typically recognized by AAMFT as a Therapy course.
Designed ForCounsellors, therapists, social workers, mental health workers, pastoral care / faith-based, and other practitioners seeking to build or enhance their practical skills and theoretical foundation in couple and family therapy, as well as those exploring therapy as a career.
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Analyze and utilize theories of addiction and the current methods of intervention with the identified client and family systems.
- Apply a systemic assessment model to define the complexities of the client system presenting with addictions.
- Identify and utilize appropriate protocols for working with specific populations with addictions including adolescents, women, LGTBQI, and seniors.
- Assess and employ interventions used with the client systems in the addiction field including stages of change, motivational interviewing, functional analysis, goal setting, trauma protocols and relapse prevention.
Pre-requisite course: Theories & Methods of Family Therapy: Foundations of the Field
Note: If you wish to take the course but have not completed the pre-requisite, please contact Beverley Fretz, Manager, Program Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The course is offered jointly by the Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (OAMFT) and the University of Guelph, Open Learning and Educational Support (OpenEd).
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Certificate in Couple and Family Therapy Studies : Electives