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LP20625: Working with the family and significant others

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2017/8
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department for Health (administered by the Learning Partnerships Office)
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Academic Year at Action on Addiction
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Case Analysis 2500 words (100%) (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
This unit will explore substance misuse problems from a family systems perspective, review key research into how family members are affected by, and respond to, addiction problems. It is designed to increase students' awareness of their own family systems, particularly in relation to alcohol and drug use. Students will be encouraged to develop a model of practice which includes family members in the treatment process, and inform them about resources available to support family members.

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this unit, students will be able to:
* Demonstrate an understanding of substance misuse problems from a family systems perspective.(T/A)
* Evaluate research and theory concerning family roles and coping strategies in families with alcohol or drug problems.
* Develop and evaluate skills to manage conjoint meetings with family members as part of a client's treatment plan'
* Make appropriate and sensitive recommendations to family members about obtaining information, help and support for themselves.

Intellectual Skills
* Analysing how theoretical concepts can be applied to the clinical setting [T/A]
* Evaluation of Research Evidence [T/A]
Professional Skills
* Transferring knowledge and skills across different settings [T/A]
* Show awareness of interpersonal dynamics [T/F]
Practical Skills
* The use of appropriate counselling skills for this client group [T/A]
Key Skills
* Reflect on own performance and respond positively to feedback [T]
* Essay research, preparation and writing [T/A]
* The use of information technology to find, communicate and manage information [T].

This unit is concerned with:
* Family dynamics and responses to addiction problems
* Understanding the family system
* Resources available to family members
* Integrating family work into individual treatment.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

LP20625 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Programmes administered by the Learning Partnerships Office
  • UHHL-KFF09 : FdSc Addictions Counselling (Full-time at Action on Addiction)