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Course 419 - Family Issues and Recovery

SKU: CVC 419

Course 419 - Family Issues and Recovery (3 credits)

(Understanding the importance of family dynamics in recovery, including youth issues, codependency, plus God given resiliency and self repair.)

This course covers three distinct areas dealt with in family counseling: Substance Abuse, Codependency and Family Systems. This course will overview the treatment of substance abuse within the Family Systems Models, as well as compare and contrast individual therapy models and Family Systems models. In part two there will be a comprehensive study of Codependency, including its characteristics, origins and recovery strategies. And finally, the course wraps up with a broader view of family issues and dynamics, bringing the focus to the places where most families need help.


Professor: Steven Brubaker


Week One

  • Learning Objectives for this Session:
  • To give the learner an overview to Substance Abuse Treatment and Family Therapy.
  • To understand the impact of substance abuse on family members.
  • To understand the long term effects on children when there is a family member that abuses a substance.
  • To give the student the opportunity to become acquainted with other students in the class as well as with the instructor.


Week Two

  • Learning Objectives for this Session:
  • Introduce learners to both theory and practice comparisons.
  • Visualize the variety of techniques available to the counselor.


Week Three

  • Learning Objectives for this Session:
  • Extend the learner's knowledge of Integrated Models.
  • Practice the Miracle Question.
  • Integrate faith and dealing with psychological issues as well as forming ideas of how to bring faith into the substance abuse and family therapy session.


Week Four

  • Learning Objectives for this Session:
  • Understand unique populations and how their differences affect family therapy./li>
  • Formulate your thinking concerning working with specific people groups.
  • Learn policy and program availabilities and their issues.
  • Summarize what has been learned so far.


Week Five

  • Learning Objectives for this Session:
  • Understand codependent behavior in relation to families of origin, trauma, alcoholism and spiritual striving.
  • Recognize characteristics of codependency
  • Identify roles in the Karpman Triangle and implications for helping professionals.
  • Understand recovery strategies and God's healing process.


Week Six

  • Learning Objectives for this Session:
  • Be able to explain the psychodynamics of a personality disorder.
  • Understand temperament and how it relates to codependency as well as temperament therapy.
  • Recognize the 5 distinct temperaments.


Week Seven

  • Learning Objectives for this Session:
  • Identify Developmental Needs and how they are met in the family context.
  • Recognize the long term effects of unmet needs related to dysfunctional behavior.
  • Understand core issues of Shame and associated behaviors.
  • Compare and contrast Shame and Guilt.


Week Eight

  • Learning Objectives for this Session:
  • Understand the family as an interactive, interrelated system.
  • Recognize the continuum of functional, malfunctional, and dysfunctional.
  • Understand the interaction of Bonding and Boundaries.
  • Utilize a Genogram to diagram generational relationships, strengths and disorders.


Week Nine

  • Learning Objectives for this Session:
  • Recognize the impact of Rules and Rituals within a dysfunctional family system.
  • Identify a minimum of three ways to change unhealthy relational patterns.
  • Understand Issues and Stages of Recovery in the healing process of the dysfunctional family.


Estimated Course Materials & Tuition:

Required Textbooks:

Wolin, Steven J.; and Sybil Wolin. The Resilient Self: How Survivors of Troubled Families Rise Above Adversity. Villard; 59479th edition (March 16, 1993) ISBN: 978-0812991765
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