This course is an introduction to working with families and addictions. It is meant to offer a systemic approach to the dynamics of families when substance abuse is present. The material will cover theory as well as some practical hands on considerations with respect to intervention, assessment, and treatment of addictions and families. A working model of the addicted family will be developed, and used in discussion/overview of various family therapy models, theories and definitions of substance abuse. Material will cover parenting capacity of substance abusers, coping with the adolescent as the substance abuser, the effect of addiction on interpersonal relationships, as well as the gender/sex roles, ethnicity and cultural issues and addictions. In addition, the material will provide an overview of assessment skills/considerations, setting treatment goals, intervention skills pre and post treatment.