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SA 530 – Substance Abuse & Family Recovery


This CE course presents a comprehensive study of the role of substance abuse problems play in the family. Rather than seeing the family as an isolated or static feature, the text applies the systems model both theoretically and practically in addressing issues involving the entire family system. The student will learn of those factors which tend to promote the development of a successful therapeutic relationship and promote a positive outcome are considered. Family characteristics of power and emotions, and the therapist’s ability to join with the family to identify, address and resolve issues are presented in a way that makes their practical application readily understandable. Measuring the families motivation for therapy, the development of the therapeutic relationship, negotiating the therapeutic contract, problem solving are all key topics covered.  Finally, learning to identify when therapy is getting off track and how to return that process to a productive relationship leading to a success discharge from treatment are explained. Course Code: SA 530Contact hours of continuing education = 20.

Instructor/Course Author:  Thomas Schear, Ph.D

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This course is particularly designed for those professionals meeting one of the pre-requisites above, would like to apply for the Substance Abuse Practitioner Certification by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc.

TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete all of the continuing education courses in the substance abuse practitioner program. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time. If you do not complete the courses within the two-year time-frame, you will be removed from the course and an “incomplete” will be recorded for you in our records. Also, if you would like to complete the courses after this two-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.

TEXTBOOK: There is one (1) required textbook for this course.

Family Solutions for Substance Abuse: Clinical and Counseling Approaches (Haworth Marriage and the Family) .By: Eric E. Mccollum and Terry S Trepper. Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (April 6, 2001) ISBN-10: 0789006235 ISBN-13: 978-0789006233

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GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 20 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 70% will be contacted by the and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score, will be presented.


The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is an Approved Provider for Continuing Education by the South Carolina Professional Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists licensing board, Provider # 4637. Access information

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals (The Provider) is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider number # CEP 15595 for 20 Contact Hours.

This course, which is approved by the Florida State Board Of Nursing (CE Provider # 50-11975) also has the following Board of Nursing Approvals, for 20 contact hours of CE

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Arkansas Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Georgia Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the South Carolina Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Professional Registered Nurses. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the New Mexico Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.

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* Examination Access: there is link to take you right to the online examination program where you can print out your examination and work with it. All examinations are formatted as “open book” tests. When you are ready, you can access the exam program at anytime and click in your responses to the questions. Full information is provided in the online classrooms.

Student Resource Center: there is a link for access to a web page “Student Resource Center.” The Resource Center provides for easy access to all of our policies/procedures and additional information regarding applying for certification. We also have many links to many outside reference sites, such as online libraries that you may freely access.

* Online Evaluation: there is a link in the classroom where you may access the course evaluation. All students completing a course, must, without exception, complete the course evaluation.

* Faculty Access Information: you will have access to your instructor’s online resume/biography, as well as your instructor’s specific contact information.

* Additional Learning Materials: some faculty have prepared additional “readings” and /or brief lecture notes to enhance your experience. All of these are available in the online classrooms.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Gain understanding of the theory and practice of family systems.
  2. Gain understanding of the inter-relationship and interdependence of the development of the family and the individuals within it.
  3. Identify the application of systems theory to the interdependence in the family unit.
  4. Understand how to design goals and techniques based on the family systems approach.
  5. Gain understanding of how treatment can be provided when treating families in a variety of settings.
  6. Identify what makes therapy work and what does not’t.
  7. Identify the skills needed to effectively provide family therapy using the systems approach.
  8. Learn how to determine the level of motivation which exists in the family to make changes.
  9. Learn how to leverage that motivation to help the family make the changes they need.
  10. Identify how to negotiate/develop treatment planning goals and to measure progress during the course of treatment.
  11. Identify how to help clients identify, define and systematically solve problems as they arise.
  12. Understand how the momentum of therapy changes and how to address this over the course of treatment.
  13. Learn how to terminate therapy in a way that reinforces the progress that has been made.


Understanding the family in context: family systems theory & practice
Interdependence: The family and individual development
Systems theory: the basis for understanding interdependence
Goals and techniques: what and how family therapists help people change
Family-centered treatment in a variety of settings
What makes a difference in treatment?
Working with families: basic skills
Assessing motivation
Negotiating a contract for therapy
Problems and solution sequences
The ups and downs of change
Ending treatment