• Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technicians
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Shulamith Lala Straussner, PhD, LCSW, CEAP, BCD, CAS
Peer Reviewer(s): Theodore M. Godlaski, MDiv, CADC
Item#: N1484
Contents: 1 Course Book (52 pages)
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Identifying and Treating Young and Adult Children of Alcoholics, Updated 1st Edition

Reg. Price $19.95
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Item # N1484
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PLEASE NOTE: In accordance with accreditation criteria, content hours will not be awarded for completion of this course beyond 6/30/2017.

Expiration Date: June 30, 2017

Research studies have consistently found that children whose parents abuse or are dependent on alcohol are at great risk for myriad problems which vary depending on a number of factors, including the age of the child. Such children are found in every socioeconomic, ethnic, and racial group in the United States and in every setting ranging from preschools to community agencies to colleges and universities to mental health facilities. Because children of alcohol-abusing and  dependent parents exhibit not only problematic behaviors but also strengths or resilience, careful individual assessment is warranted. 

This course provides nurses with an overview of the impact of parental alcohol problems on families and children. The course also discusses identification, assessment, and treatment issues when working with children of various ages and their families, ranging from those affected by prenatal maternal alcohol use to older children, adolescents, and adults. 

Course Objectives

  • Describe how parental alcohol problems may affect family members and family dynamics.
  • Describe the potential impact of prenatal maternal alcohol use on newborns and its implications for assessment and intervention.
  • Describe the potential impact of parental alcohol use on young and adolescent children and its implications for assessment and intervention.
  • Describe the potential impact of parental alcohol use on young adults and adult children, and its implications for assessment and intervention.

Shulamith Lala Straussner, PhD, LCSW, CEAP, BCD, CAS, is a professor of social work at New York University Silver School of Social Work, where she also directs the school’s Post-Master Certificate Program in the Clinical Approaches to Addictions. She is the founding editor of the Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions. She also has been on the faculty of the annual Summer Institute on Addictions Studies, International School for the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Dr. Straussner has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar in both Israel and Ukraine and a visiting professor at Warsaw University in Poland and at Omsk State University, Omsk, Siberia. She is recipient of the Lady Davis Fellowship to Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Individual Distinction in Addictions Education and Training Award given by the Institute of Professional Development in Addictions. Dr. Straussner served on the National Center on Substance Abuse Treatment panel on workforce issues, and was the Northeast Regional Director for the multimillion-dollar federally funded national Project Mainstream (Interdisciplinary Project to Improve Health Professional Education on Substance Abuse). She is a founding board member of the New York State Institute for Professional Development in the Addictions. Dr. Straussner is a past chair of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Section on Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs and the National Association for Children of Alcoholics’ Social Work Initiative to develop social work core competencies for working with children of alcohol and drug-abusing parents.

Dr. Straussner conducts research, lectures, and serves as a consultant to various agencies, hospitals, and employee assistance programs (EAPs) in the United States and abroad and has a private therapeutic and supervisory practice in New York City. She is the author/editor of more than 15 books, 18 book chapters, and 30 peer-reviewed journal publications.
Theodore M. Godlaski, MDiv, CADC, is an associate clinical professor of social work in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky. He teaches courses in psychopathology, substance misuse, intimate violence, and risk management. He is also a senior area editor for the journal Substance Use and Misuse. He has been an editor on two special issues of Substance Use and Misuse on client engagement and substance use and aggression. He has also authored numerous articles and book chapters on subjects related to substance misuse treatment and ethics. Prior to coming to the College of Social Work, he was assistant professor in the College of Medicine and worked at the Center for Drug and Alcohol Research at the University of Kentucky. He has conducted research into the effectiveness of various treatment approaches with people who misuse substances and co-authored a treatment manual for substance misuse in rural communities. He has a special concern for treatment in rural areas as well as among aboriginal populations. Prior to coming to the University of Kentucky, he was a clinical director for inpatient and outpatient programs in both the private and public sectors for 20 years.
  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from date of purchase or through the expiration date indicated above, whichever date comes first.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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