Engaging Families with Youth in Substance Use Disorder Treatment
Over the last 30 years, research has shown that family-based interventions are effective in combination with substance use disorder (SUD) treatment; however, integration of the two approaches remains relatively rare. This training will examine some of the common challenges found in engaging families of adolescents in family-based interventions for SUD treatment.
This course will cover reasons families tend to avoid joining their loved one’s therapy and demonstrate strategies to increase their motivation to do so. A review of several family-based interventions will highlight those that fall within the scope of practice of SUD counselors. Lastly, recognizing when to make referrals to a trained family therapist, in addition to suggestions to improve the coordination of care between SUD providers and family therapists, will be offered.
- Understand the aspects of development and the family life cycle relevant to working with adolescents
- Review research related to family intervention in SUD treatment
- Define the differences between psychoeducation with families and family therapy emphasizing scope of practice
- Identify times when referral for family counseling is preferred or contraindicated
- Learn and practice evidence-based interventions within the scope of practice of SUD counselors
Trainings listed are for Washington state providers only and are free of charge.