This week, you will examine the impact that issues such as substance abuse, domestic violence, and child abuse have on families, including the effect that each issue may have on individual family members. In order to effectively conceptualize the impact of these types of issues, you will need to consider the impact they have on various units within a family structure (i.e., couples, parent/child relationships, extended families, and the family system as a whole). As you consider the resulting impact of these issues, you will be challenged to develop a framework for intervention using empirically supported treatments and evidence-based practices.
In this Discussion, you will examine the impact of substance abuse, domestic violence, and child abuse on the family unit. You will specifically examine counseling interventions that can help the family unit to recover from such difficult issues. For this week’s discussion forum, respond to the following:
- Think about the similarities and differences in how these issues may affect families, as well as how the effects may compare to the potential effects of other issues.
- Analyze the impact of one area (i.e., substance abuse, domestic violence, or child abuse) on couples and families. Compare the methods for treating the issue you selected using your learning resources and at least one article from the Lamar University Library that supports your position.
- Provide a list of 3 APA references that your colleagues could use to learn more about your area of discussion.