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Administrators - Family Therapy in Substance Abuse Treatment

Background: Family and Family Therapy

1. Although family work has become a strong theme of many treatment approaches, a primary chal­lenge remains in the broadening of the substance abuse treatment focus from the individual to the family.

A. True

B. False


Differences Between Substance Abuse Treatment and Family Therapy

2. Which of the following is NOT a correct statement about the differences between family therapy and substance abuse treatment?

A. Most substance abuse treatment cen­ters offer a family educational approach rather than a family therapy approach where the intervention focuses on the system of family rela­tionships

B. Compared to substance abuse counselors, family therapists tend to focus more on the process of family interactions and the dynamics among family members than on the content of each session

C. Substance abuse professionals and family therapists both see denial as an obstacle to maintaining stability and as a problem that needs to be addressed early on in treatment

D. Substance abuse treat­ment providers generally consider a spiritual emphasis more important than do family thera­pists


Family Therapy: Factors to Consider

3. A significant number of studies have demonstrated that the cost benefits of family therapy for substance abuse problems greatly outweigh any negative outcomes, and that family therapy is now consid­ered a primary prevention intervention for substance abuse.

A. True

B. False


Levels of Program Integration

4. At the first level of program integration, staff develops aware­ness of the importance of the family as a strength and positive resource in substance abuse, and they recognize that formal resources must be implemented at this stage in order to support recovery.

A. True

B. False


Level 3: Provider Collaboration

5. At the provider collaboration level, clients’ families are actively involved as a resource in the substance abuse treatment program, which refers clients for family therapy services through coordinated treatment efforts that maintain collaborative ties.

A. True

B. False


Recommendations for Collaboration

6. A consumer-based collaboration that incorporates community perspectives in the development of substance abuse treatment programs, known as _____________________, is designed to heighten consumers’ commitment as they become key stakeholders.

A. A sanctioned neighborhood model

B. An entrusted commonality model

C. A shared cooperation model

D. An empowering partnership model


Level 4: Family Integration

7. Each of the following is an accurate statement about the issues that administrators enforce at the family integration level EXCEPT:

A. Best practice is formed from strengths-based, community-supported therapeutic modalities that have been tested with numerous substance abuse treatment populations

B. Cultural competence is evident throughout the organization

C. Informed consent is rigorously implemented and enforced

D. Clients are informed of the potential risks of forgoing services, possible alternatives to pro­posed treatment, and information that links evi­dence-based support with various services


Coordinating Services Among Multiple Agencies

8. When families receive services from several providers, it is important for the larger system players to coordinate their efforts to help the family and clearly communicate the treatment plan to them.

A. True

B. False


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