Course Number and Title: DAC 240 Families and Addictions
This course examines the impact of drug and alcohol addiction on the family. Emphasis is on reviewing the models of family dysfunction and methods of treating the addicted family.
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- Describe the basic terms of addiction as they relate to the family. (CCC 1, 2, 3; PGC 3, 4, 6)
- Evaluate the family and the impact each member has on each other and on the family system. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4; PGC 2, 3)
- Examine the impact that substance use has on the family. (CCC 1, 2, 3; PGC 3)
- Analyze the term codependency and the impact it has on the individual and family system. (CCC 1, 2, 3; PGC 3, 7)
- Describe the various comorbid disorders that are commonly seen with families experiencing addiction. (CCC 1, 2, 3; PGC 3, 5)
- Explore family history through the use of genograms. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 5, 6; PGC 1, 3, 7)
See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.
Upon completion of this course, the student will:
- Describe the basic terms of addiction as they relate to the family.
- Identify and explain the correct use of addiction terms as related to the family system.
- Evaluate the family and the impact each member has on each other and on the family system.
- Describe the concept of the family as a system.
- Identify how the actions of individual family members impact other members of the family.
- Differentiate between healthy and unhealthy family traits.
- Compare and contrast treatment approaches used in family therapy.
- Examine the impact that substance use has on the family.
- Identify and describe how addiction can become the main focus of the family system.
- Identify and summarize the primary roles adopted by family members.
- Evaluate adaptive and maladaptive coping strategies within the family system.
- Explore community resources that support the family system.
- Examine the impact of childhood experiences as they relate to addiction on adult development.
- Analyze the term codependency and the impact it has on the individual and family system.
- Describe and summarize the implications of codependency.
- Discuss various assessment and treatment approaches of codependency.
- Describe the various comorbid disorders that are commonly seen with families experiencing substance use disorders.
- Identify the various comorbid disorders that are experienced in families with addiction.
- Explore the methods used in treating comorbid disorders within the family system.
- Explore family history through the use of genograms.
- Identify the major components of a genogram.
- Interpret a genogram showing at least three generations of family history.
- Apply appropriate genogram symbols and terms to portray family history.
- Analyze and describe the impact this family history has on client and family members.
Students must demonstrate proficiency on all CCPOs at a minimal 75 percent level to successfully complete the course. The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:
Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.
- Apply clear and effective communication skills.
- Use critical thinking to solve problems.
- Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
- Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
- Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
- Create and maintain effective and professional documents relevant to Drug and Alcohol Counseling.
- Interact ethically and professionally within the Drug and Alcohol Counseling field.
- Apply information to identify client’s strengths, weaknesses and resources to create a treatment plan.
- Provide effective client services at an entry level by utilizing professional Drug and Alcohol Counseling principles and practices.
- Establish effective working relationships within the Drug and Alcohol Counseling arena.
- Apply basic management and leadership skills in Drug and Alcohol Counseling environments, including time management, organization, and the ability to follow directions.
- Utilize feedback to assess the effect of oneself on Drug and Alcohol Counseling outcomes and make adjustments accordingly.
The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.