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PSY5179 Family Treatment of Addiction

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This course provides core information about alcohol and drug addiction, including the physical, psychological, and systemic impact they have on individuals, couples, and their families.  Compulsive behaviors, such as disordered eating, gambling, and internet addictions are included, along with information about etiology, intergenerational patterns, and relapse.  Research on systemic treatment approaches for youth, adults, minorities, and co-occuring disorders are reviewed.  Contemporary strategies, such as abstinence/12-step, motivational interviewing, harm reduction, community-based treatment, and recovery models are covered.  Students will learn about appropriate collaboration with other professionals, and about how to make appropriate referrals.

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