HSCD 301

Substance Use and the Family

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 16, 2015 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course is designed to teach students to understand the family dynamics of the person who is chemically dependent and to learn skills which will help them to work with these families at a beginning level. Course topics include family relationships and chemical dependency, and treatment theories and counseling techniques for individuals and their family members.

Special information

Note: Attendance at the first class meeting is mandatory. Any student not attending the first day of class will automatically be dropped from the course. This course is useful for students interested in family studies.

Learning outcomes


  • Demonstrate how to establish a therapeutic relationship with clients.
  • Develop a treatment plan taking into consideration the family's goals and personal issues of diversity.
  • Learn techniques for working with families.
  • Learn to view the family as the client.
  • Provide an Assessment and diagnosis of a chemically dependent family.
  • Understand an overview of Family Systems Theories.
  • Understand issues of diversity in chemically dependent clients/families.
  • Understand the problems experienced by all family members who live with Chemical Dependency.

Fall 2020

Section Title Instructor
50 Substance Use and the Family Richards, Amanda C Books Course details

Spring 2021

Section Title Instructor
50 Substance Use and the Family Meyer, Cindy Marie Holloway Books Course details