Addressing Substance Abuse in the Family

CE Hours: 6.0

Friday, September 8, 2017, Philhaven Conference Center, Mt Gretna, PA
Thursday, September 21, 2017, Northwestern Human Services, Colmar PA
Friday, September 29, 2017, PA Counseling Services, Lebanon, PA
8:30am to 3:30pm

Substance use is a significant public health problem in the United States, now more than ever, with overdose deaths increasing at alarming rates. When working with families it is important to understand substance use and the impact it has on the family system. Recent data shows that one in five American children live in homes with parental substance abuse.

This workshop will provide a comprehensive look at how to identify problematic substance use, strategies for helping families with a member who is actively using substance, and provide information about treatment and other community resources available to families. Participants will also be equipped with brief screening tools and knowledge of evidence-based practices being utilized in the field.


As a result of attending this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the continuum of substance use and addiction.
  2. Recognize physiological, social, psychological and environmental indicators of substance use.
  3. Identify common dynamics of substance use in families and the impact it has on the family system.
  4. List strategies to help families with a member who is actively using substances.
  5. Describe the practical applications of the continuum of substance abuse treatment.
  6. List 5 evidence-based practices proven to be effective in treating substance use disorders.

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