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Beyond Boundaries: Treating Addiction within the Family System

1 CE Hour

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While families of individuals with addiction are often encouraged to stop enabling behaviors, learn to set boundaries with their loved one, and attend supportive 12-step meetings for families, these interventions often fail to give the family members the tools they need to effectively change their behavior. This presentation explores an alternative frame for working with addiction in the family system using principles of motivational interviewing, the stages of change, and values oriented behavior.

Target Audience
  • Counselors
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
Learning Objectives

Participants are expected to gain an enhanced perspective into the dynamics and roles involved in the family system in the context of substance use disorder treatment, and therefore yield improved clinical outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the stages of change model and its implications for individual and family treatment of addiction
  • Discuss at least 2 strengths and weaknesses of emphasizing confrontational and boundary setting interventions while working with addiction in family systems
  • Identify 3 techniques to increase a family member’s motivation to change unhelpful behavior
  • Apply the principles of the stages of change and motivational interviewing to various treatment presentations of addiction in the family system

This program has been approved for 1.0 CE clock hours in Diagnosis by the Louisiana Counseling Association as authorized by the Louisiana Professional Counselor Licensing Board of Examiners.

Trusted Provider Network, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0220.

Addiction Counselors

This course has been approved by, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #198061, is responsible for all aspects of the programing. Counselor Skill Group: Counseling Services.


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Learner Notification

Social Workers, #1766, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/31/2022 – 03/31/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 1.0 Clinical continuing education credits.
ASWB ACE credit is not available in NY and NJ.

Trusted Provider Network, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0654.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists

This workshop meets the requirements and has been approved for 1.0 Diagnosis hours for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in Louisiana by the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Trusted Provider Network, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0097.

California State Approvals:
Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs. maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

CE Policy and this educator have no conflicts of interest and have not received any commercial support for this program or its contents.
Andrew Ahles

Andrew graduated with his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Oral Roberts University in 2012, and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Prior to coming to Santé, he worked in community mental health and addiction treatment in Oklahoma, providing both assessment and ongoing therapy for individuals and families suffering from addiction and severe mental illness. Andrew has devoted much of his career to helping families recover from the impact of addiction, and in pursuit of that goal, became a Certified Gambling Counselor in 2018. Andrew is passionate about using his skills as a Family Therapist to help patients and their families identify and change unhealthy or unproductive patterns of interaction in order to facilitate lasting recovery from addiction.

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