Metropolitan State University

HSCD 301 : Substance Use and the Family

A. Course Description
Credits: 4
Lab Hours/ Weeks: Corequisites: None
Lecture Hours/ Week :  
MnTC Goals: None
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.
B. Course Effective Dates: 08/16/2015 - Present
C. Outline of Major Content Areas:
See Course Description for major content areas.
D. Learning Outcomes (General)
  1. Demonstrate how to establish a therapeutic relationship with clients.
  2. Develop a treatment plan taking into consideration the family's goals and personal issues of diversity.
  3. Learn techniques for working with families.
  4. Learn to view the family as the client.
  5. Provide an Assessment and diagnosis of a chemically dependent family.
  6. Understand an overview of Family Systems Theories.
  7. Understand issues of diversity in chemically dependent clients/families.
  8. Understand the problems experienced by all family members who live with Chemical Dependency.
E. Learning Outcomes (MN Transfer Curriculum)
This contains no goal areas.
G. 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.