Course Summary

Practice Level: Intermediate

This course is part of a 3-course series on Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Family Therapy.

Substance use disorders (SUDs) are complex and far reaching, affecting not only the individual with SUD, but also their family. This series provides information that clinicians can use to provide SUD treatments, services, and programs that best meet the needs of those seeking addiction treatment as well as those supporting recovery. The courses in this SUD Treatment and Family Therapy series are:

Substance Use Disorder Treatment: Working with Families

Substance Use Disorder Treatment: Family Counseling Approaches

Substance Use Disorder Treatment: Family and Organizational Cultures

The purpose of this learning material is to present clinicians with the different family counseling approaches available for SUD treatment and ways to integrate these family-based counseling techniques into SUD treatment. Chapter 3 reviews the multiple forms of family-based treatment models that are currently available, while Chapter 4 discusses how to integrate treatment models based on families’ and clients’ needs, readiness for change, treatment setting, and other factors. In this learning material, clinicians will learn how to determine the most appropriate course of treatment to help develop more targeted treatments that directly address families’ and clients’ challenges for improved outcomes.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF) and a practice test. When you’re ready, purchase the course by clicking the “Add To Cart” or “Enroll” button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

1. Identify methodologies specific to different family-based SUD intervention models.

2. Explain the appropriate family-based SUD intervention for specific clients and families based on the intervention’s goals and outcomes.

3. Explain when integrated family counseling approaches are contraindicated and when they are appropriate.

4. Apply tools and methodologies necessary for effective family counseling for SUDs.

Course Syllabus

Family Counseling Approaches

Overview of Family-Based SUD Treatment Methods

Family Approaches To Support Ongoing Recovery

Where Do We Go From Here?

Integrated Family Counseling To Address Substance Use Disorders

Appropriateness of Integrated Family Counseling for SUDs

Whom To Involve in Integrated Family Counseling for SUDs

Screening and Assessment in Integrated Family Counseling

Goals of Integrated Family Counseling for SUDs

Where Do We Go From Here?          



The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. SAMHSA leads public health efforts that advance the behavioral health of the nation. On SAMHSA states that its mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on communities in America.

William A. Cook, PhD

William A. Cook, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who worked for 15 years in private practice in Montana before leaving his practice to work full time as theDirector of CE4Less. He earned his doctorate degree from Texas A&M University, and focused much of his psychology practice in the area of child and family counseling, as well as psychological testing. Dr. Cook likes new challenges, foreign traveling to Africa and areas of Europe and the near East, scuba diving, running, music, and spending time with his family.

Accreditation Approval Statements is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. maintains responsibility for this program and its content., provider #1115, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 08/08/21-08/08/24.

Social workers completing this course receive 4 clinical continuing education credits. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6991. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Courses have been approved by, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #91345 is responsible for all aspects of the programming.

We are committed to providing our learners with unbiased information. CE4Less never accepts commercial support and our authors have no significant financial or other conflicts of interest pertaining to the material.

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