In this course students will learn about family-centred social work practices in mental health and addictions. Students will examine how mental health concerns and addictions impact families and will also learn about the importance of family involvement in service provisions. There will be a critical examination of facilitators and barriers to family involvement in mental health and addiction services. Students will apply a few conceptual models to family-centred social work practice including recovery, harm reduction, and strengths-based models. Most of this course will focus on developing skills for working with families coping with addictions and mental health concerns. Emphasis is on developing family assessment skills and learning to provide families with information, support, and coping skills. The course will also focus on learning to facilitate supportive psychoeducation groups for families. This course requires active involvement from students and there will be several simulation exercises.
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