April 3, 2019 | 9:30-12:30 | Substance Use and The Family -- Presented by Stephen Duclos

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April 3, 2019 | 9:30-12:30 | Substance Use and The Family -- Presented by Stephen Duclos

120.00

Substance abuse does not occur discretely in a particular person; it happens inside a family system and a social system. Family therapy (and couples therapy) is a uniquely effective way of treating substance abuse.

     In this three hour session, we will be looking at the intersections of substance abuse with sexuality, with gender, with relationship, and with the systems and industries that have been established to treat it.  More therapy is not necessarily better therapy.

     We will also be looking at how guilt, shame, and resentment interact in families and couples, and how we can change and alter habits of relationship to minimize the damage of using to everyone. Case studies and role plays will constitute about 60% of our work together. Please feel free to bring in your own cases as well.

     At the conclusion of the session, participants will understand how to understand the context of substance use and abuse in families over time, and to determine what coping mechanisms and strategies to encourage in working with families and couples around substance abuse.

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