Title page for ETD etd-08012012-040550
|Type of Document
||Jones, Katherine Champe
||Training on the diagnosis, treatment, and referral of substance abusers and their families in AAMFT-accredited master's level marriage and family therapy programs
||Master of Science
||Family and Child Development
|Little, Linda F.
|Scheirer, C. James
|Stith, Sandra M.
|Date of Defense
Because of the prevalence of substance abuse in America and
the association between this issue and common problems
brought to the family therapist, it is important that family
therapists be trained to diagnose and either treat or refer
substance abusing clients and their families. This study
gathered information from the Directors of Master's level
family therapy programs accredited by AAMFT about the
content and format of training that students in their
programs receive preparing them to work with substance
abusing families. Twenty of the 22 programs were
represented by completed questionnaires. Five programs were
reported as having a required substance abuse course; four,
a popular elective. Three respondents reported plans to
increase their coverage of the topic in their curricula.
The average of the responses for prevalence of substance
abuse as a central issue in practicum cases was 30%.
Although about 75% of the respondents believed that their
graduates were ready to diagnose and refer these cases, only
25% believed that these same students were ready to treat
substance abuse cases. Data showed that 40% of the
respondents believed it advisable for AAMFT to require a
separate course on substance abuse. Comments from those
opposed to such a requirement noted the crowdedness of
existing curricula, the importance of academic freedom, and
the abundance of other topics to be covered.
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