Tuesday, 25. June 2019, Family Intervention Services, Assessing Substance Use Through A Multicontextual Family Systems Framework

Workshop Description
Working with individuals and families within a multicontextual framework attends to both cultural and contextual variables and allows the clinician to understand the larger societal forces at play. Viewing clients through a family systems lens adds an intergenerational context. When combined, these two perspectives provide an interactional and systemic lens that increases our understanding of and ability to help clients.
This workshop will teach practicing clinicians to identify multiple levels of intervention within the Ecological Paradigm. Participants will learn to recognize substance use as one of the many imbalances of power, and expand their lens through tracking and mapping substance use symptoms in families by utilizing genograms. Imbalances of power will be identified by assessing the interplay between individuals, families and their communities. Practitioners will gain the necessary skills to approach their clients from a renewed family systems knowledge base.
Workshop Objectives:
By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

Define the “kaleidoscope of seven lenses”.

10:00 – 10:10          Overview and Introductions
10:10 – 11:10          The Ecological Paradigm, Contextualizing Substance Use through Application of the Ecological Paradigm

Small Group Activity, Large Group Discussion

11:10 – 12:40          The Kaleidoscope of Seven Lenses


12:40 – 1:40            Lunch
1:40 – 2:50              Identifying and Tracking Horizontal and Vertical Stressors

Small Group Activity: Case Vignette, Large Group Discussion

2:50 – 3:50              Applying the Multicontextual Approach in Practice

Small Group Activity: Case Vignettes, Large Group Discussion

3:50 – 4:00              Summary, Evaluation

Assessing Substance Use Through A Multicontextual Family Systems Framework

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