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Fall 2021

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HUS114 - Family: Impact of Alcohol and Drugs

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Analyzes the effects of alcoholism and drug abuse on the family. Emphasizes family roles, characteristics of children of alcoholics and substance abusers, co-dependence theories, adult children of such families and adaptations made individually and socially by family members. [Note: The New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services has reviewed this course and finds that it is consistent with established standards for alcoholism counselor education and training toward the CASAC credential.] Spring only. Prerequisite: HUS 113 or HED 113.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon the successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
1. Explain the significance of alcohol or drug abuse as it affects the family system.
2. Identify various characteristics of codependency within an addictive family system.
3. Explain how addicts and their families use defense mechanisms to deal with the impact of addiction.
4. Discuss the characteristics of a healthy family as reflected by current theory.
5. Identify various characteristics of children of addiction.
6. Define enabling in the family, which encourages the addict to continue patterns of addiction.
7. Identify key family issues in a given family case study.
8. Develop family genograms to illustrate family history and relationships.
9. Identify various factors contributing to therapeutic change within an addicted/codependent family.
10. Discuss potential barriers which may impact counselor effectiveness.
11. Discuss how ethical standards for professional conduct impact working with families affected by substance abuse.
12. Apply the diagnostic criteria established in the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) to a case study


Effective Term: Spring 2020