ABOUT THIS COURSE:
Throughout the United States, unprecedented numbers of children experience parental substance use, even though substance-related disorders can have a devastating effect on the family system. The composition of the family in the United States has become increasingly diverse and complex, ranging from traditional nuclear families to blended families, single-parent families, foster families, multi-racial families, LBGT families, and multigenerational families. In fact, because there is no finite or static definition of family, when one person uses substances, the effects may differ from one family to the next. This course is designed for all entry and intermediate level professionals who work with children and their families affected by substance use disorders. Throughout this course, you will examine case studies so that you can apply and consolidate the knowledge you gain. You will learn how to better inform your practice by identifying characteristic patterns of interaction among family members, recognizing the impact of substance use on the biopsychosocial functioning of each family member, and shrewdly employing treatment guidelines using evidenced-based interventions to address the dynamics in families living with substance use. DSM and DSM-5 are registered trademarks of the American Psychiatric Association. The American Psychiatric Association is not affiliated with nor endorses this course. Note: In your county and state, the name of the organization that investigates and manages cases of child abusers might be called a different term. In this course, it is referred to as the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS).