Understanding Substance Use Through a Family Systems Lens

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Understanding Substance Use Through a Family Systems Lens

Family Therapy, particularly with addicted family systems, can present challenges that require unique interventions. This workshop will help advance practicing clinicians to identify multiple levels of intervention within the Ecological Paradigm. This workshop encourages clinicians to view substance use as one of the many imbalances of power and to expand their lens by tracking and mapping the substance use symptoms in the family by using Genograms. Participants will examine the imbalance of power by looking at the interplay between individuals, families, and their communities. Interventions presented are applicable to various family systems so practitioners may approach their clients from a renewed knowledge base.  

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

  • Identify the key component of the Ecological Paradigm model
  • Discuss the kaleidoscope of seven lenses
  • List a minimum of three vertical and horizontal stressors
  • Apply a timeline to current cases discussed
  • Summarize a minimum of two narrative reframing approaches

Presenter: Joel Levine, LCSW, LPC, LCADC, LMFT

Mr. Levine is an accomplished clinician who has earned many credentials to substantiate his commitment to best practices. His passion for teaching is evident in his role as a college professor for various local universities as well as being a seasoned trainer and clinical supervisor for professionals working towards licensure. Mr. Levine maintains a private practice in Verona, NJ where he facilitates marriage and family therapy sessions. He is also currently serving as President of the NJ Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. 


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CE's NY:

Behavioral Health Matters, LLC is recognized by the NY State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0443.


Participants must be present for the duration of event, answer all roll calls and complete a Course Evaluation to be eligible for a Certificate of Completion that will be sent via email within 2 weeks.  


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