Course Description

Addiction affects everyone in the family. Family system theory suggests that individuals in families cannot interact without impacting the whole. This workshop will explore just how each member may be impacted by addiction. At times, loved ones may resort to using coping skills that are maladaptive and are not helpful to them or to their family members struggling with addiction. Family members who have lived with addiction may learn not feel, not trust and not talk. Working with both family members and the person struggling with addiction can be a challenge. This workshop will provide various tools to help facilitate this process in an interactive and practical manner.

CACCF: 12 continuing education hours

CCPA -- Pre-approved for 12 CEUs

Learner Outcomes

Upon completion of this training, participants will:

  • Be able to discuss various family theories, including family roles and rules and how addiction can interfere.
  • Have insight into the various treatment modalities and tools to help support families.
  • Know how to assess substance abuse/dependence in families and provide treatment planning.
  • Understand how family involvement and recovery can help prevent relapse for both the family members and the person struggling with addiction (including how to support families when their loved one is pre-contemplative about changing).
  • Have an increase in knowledge about the various supports and resources available for family members.


For more information contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Remote: 519-884-0710 ext. 5234
Online: 519-884-0710 ext. 5235

Cancellations and Transfers
Be sure to carefully review our cancellation and transfer information before registering.

Website: wlu.ca/fswpd

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Addiction and the Family
Feb 27, 2023 to Apr 09, 2023
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Course Fee(s)
Registration Fee non-credit $360.00
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Section Notes

Instructor: Sylvie Smith, RP, CDWF

Location: This online, asynchronous course will be available on the start date through MyLearningSpace, which is accessible through your student portal.

Website: wlu.ca/fswpd

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