Contact Hours: 2

Instructor: Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD,

Text: Substance Abuse Treatment and Family Therapy Chapter 2 


  • Define codependency
  • Identify characteristics of the codependent relationship
  • Explore the motivations for these behaviors
  • Hypothesize alternate, healthier behaviors

Contact Hours: 2

Instructor: Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP,


  • Define what a family is
  • Identify the key characteristics of addiction
  • Learn about the craving response
  • Identify the phases of family response to addiction and recovery
  • List key relapse issues for people in recovery
  • Identify goals and strategies for each recovery phase 
  • Discuss social or cultural issues affecting individuals, couples, and families

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Contact Hours: 3

Instructor: Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP, LMHC,


  • The Set Up for Social Work: Living With Addiction by Tian Dayton, PhD. 
  • Substance Abuse and Family Therapy. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Substance Abuse Treatment and Family Therapy. Rockville (MD): Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (US); 2004. (Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 39.)


  • Define the Family
  • Examine how addiction impacts the family: Emotionally, Socially, Physically,  Spiritually
  • Explore the different roles in an addicted family
  • Identify the function of those roles in maintaining homoeostasis

Contact Hours: 30

Instructor: Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP,

Presenter: Stephen K. Denny webinar: Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT) 

Course Objectives:

  • Explore family dynamics and roles of family members
  • Compare and contrast substance abuse treatment and family therapy
  • Explain how substance abuse treatment and family therapy can be integrated
  • Discuss the different definitions of family
  • Identify how families are distinguished from social support groups
  • Identify the four characteristics of families central to family therapy
  • Discuss five core components of the systems theory of marriage and family therapy
  • Discuss the four predominant family therapy models used in substance abuse treatment
  • Identifying the five stages of change in the Prochaska model
  • Identify the three levels of recovery in Kaufman's model
  • Identify the three phases of family change in substance abuse family therapy
  • Discuss criteria for determining the appropriateness of family therapy with substance abuse clients
  • Describe the impact of substance abuse on families
  • Describe the six characteristic patterns of interaction in a substance abusing family
  • Describe the five characteristic patterns of codependent behavior
  • Discuss for strategies for addressing substance abuse is that family
  • Explain the concepts of denial and resistance
  • Discuss the value of using integrated models for providing substance abuse treatment to families
  • Discuss the limitations of integrated models
  • Identify seven general questions we should be answered when choosing and applying a family systems model
  • Differentiate between the eight integrated models for substance abuse treatment
  • Identify special populations to consider when using family therapy
  • Identify some of the most prominent challenges to emerging family therapy and substance abuse treatment
  • Describe and I components that are necessary in order to provide a comprehensive range of program activities
  • Define what adequate treatment is characterized by within a culturally competent model of substance abuse treatment and family therapy.

Bibliographic Information: Webinar Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT) presented by Stephen K. Denny with University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine

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Contact Hours: 4

Instructor: Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP, LMHC,


  • Examine family dynamics and roles of family members
  • Explore the characteristics of the Addicted Family
  • Identify how prior learning in the addicted family might impact treatment
  • Discuss methods for family engagement in the process
  • Assist family members and significant others to understand the interaction between the family system and addictive behaviors

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