"Alcoholic Family Rules and Roles"

January 22, 2016

Presented by Teresa D. Jacobs, MA, LMFT

Since no two individuals are alike, no two families can be alike.  Their parts are unique, so the rules must be, too.  Any family’s rules are strongly flavored  by the personalities  of the parents –the rule makers- as well as by the life situations the rules were intended to meet. 

Rules perform four broad functions for the family system:

  1. To establish attitudes, expectations, values, and goals for the family
  2. To determine who will hold the power and authority, how they will be used, and how members are expected to respond to them
  3. To anticipate how the family will deal with change- in itself as a unit, and in its members, and the outside world
  4. To dictate how members may communicate with another and what they may communicate about.

There are many “unwritten rules”, changes in rules depending on alcohol and drug consumption, inhuman and rigid rules.  There are different rules for various roles in the family. 

When one family member is affected by drug/alcohol consumption the who employees performance is often affected in a negative way.

Screening, Assessment, treatment options, and process for Addiction

Learn and obtain tools in the process to screen for alcohol and other drug issues that maynot be initially apparent as a presenting problem and to intervene effectively when these problems are affecting a client’s job performance.
Goals of this training include tools in helping the EAP to:

  1. Recognize the importance of screening to identify the presence of alcohol or other drug use problems for EAP clients
  2. Identify effective techniques and tools that can be used to screen for substance abuse in various populations
  3. Apply effective strategies to address resistance when interacting with clients who have alcohol/ other drug issues
  4. Include all core components necessary for conducting a complete substance use assessment
  5. Describe how brief education and counseling interventions within the EAP setting can benefit the client
  6. Determine appropriate recommendations and referrals for the EAP client and their family members
  7. Family role in treatment and self care

Presented by Victor Gwinn CADII, SAP ,Community outreach Coordinator and intake specialist

Teresa D. Jacobs, MA, LMFT

Teresa has dedicated a good part of her life (twenty years plus) working with families and family members who are affected with drug and alcohol abuse.  Her interest stems back to her days at university earning a degree in Child Development, Child Psychology.  Her master’s degree in Education, Educational Psychology, Counseling and Guidance focused on drug addiction.  She spent most of her Intern hours working in the field of addiction.

Teresa  is a licensed family therapist in private practice.  She is an adjunct professor at California State University, Northridge, teaching Chemical Dependency and Family Dynamics to graduate students. She helped set up a dual diagnosis program at Woodview Calabasas Psychiatric Hospital.

A large portion of her private practice involves EAP referrals.  When an employee is dealing with a drug affected family member, partner/child/parent it often times will affect job performance.

Victor Gwinn, CADII,SAP, Community Outreach Coordinator, interventionist, Intake specialist

Victor has been working in the recovery field for the past eight years. Prior to this field of work he help an exemptee pharmacy license for the state of California and was a territory manager for the largest Drug wholesaler in the United States. His past accounts included but were not limited to Desert Hospital, Eisenhower Hospital in the Coachella valley and all the Kaiser Hospitals in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Victor opened and developed addiction treatment centers at the Residential, IOP and PHP level. Victor was the main addiction counselor at The Gooden Center from 2011 thru 2015.

Victor currently directs community outreach, alumni, aftercare program and work conjointly with intake departments at Local addiction treatment centers.

Program Costs:
Members: $15
Non-Members: $20
Students with I.D: $10

2 PDH / CEU Credits for CEAP,  LCSW, MFT

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Friday, January 22nd
8:30 am Networking
9-11 am Program

Valley Economic Alliance.
5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

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