Family Support MicroDiploma

Credential: MicroDiploma

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Learn the importance of family support in addiction treatment and recovery and the different approaches and strategies for engaging families in the treatment process. Discover how to develop effective treatment plans that integrate family support into the overall treatment process, the different models of integrated treatment and how to develop plans tailored to the unique needs of each individual and their family.

Students also learn the importance of collaboration and communication between treatment providers and family members and the role of family support in interventions and relapse prevention. Explore different intervention models and learn how to develop effective intervention strategies that involve family members.

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About This Program

Explore the complexities of family dynamics and learn to analyze unhealthy family systems. The family unit is a fundamental aspect of human development and plays a significant role in shaping individual behaviour and well-being. As such, understanding family dynamics and the associated risks and resilience is critical for those wishing to work with at-risk youth and their families.

This course introduces you to the family system as both a microsystem and a homeostatic system. Explore various types of diverse family groups, their characteristics, and how they function. By examining these diverse family structures, you will develop a deeper understanding of the unique risks and protective factors that impact family functioning.

Learn to identify and evaluate the roles and behaviours of different family members through a combination of theoretical and practical information including the impact of substance use disorders on family dynamics. As well, study the essential techniques of family therapy, including communication skills, problem-solving, and conflict resolution.

By the end, you will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to analyze and evaluate various unhealthy family dynamics and implement appropriate interventions to support and strengthen family resilience, as well as be equipped to work with at-risk youth and their families to promote positive change and healthy family relationships.

In this course, you will have the opportunity to learn about the various topics and processes involved in the intake, assessment, and case management of clients. These processes are critical to ensuring clients receive the most appropriate services and interventions for their needs.

Explore key factors that affect case management and service delivery, including cultural competence, ethics, confidentiality, and client-centred approaches. Learn to conduct effective client assessments, including gathering relevant information, identifying client strengths and challenges, and developing appropriate treatment plans.

Recognize the importance of hands-on practice and feedback to enhance your learning experience. You will have opportunities to practice intake and assessment skills through role-playing exercises and other hands-on activities. Receive feedback and guidance from experienced professionals in the field to help you refine your skills and build your confidence.

Effective communication in case management and service delivery is also studied. You will learn how to communicate effectively with clients, families, and other professionals to ensure the best outcomes for clients. By the end, you will have gained a thorough understanding of the intake, assessment, and case management processes in service delivery and have the skills and knowledge to conduct effective client assessments, develop appropriate treatment plans, and communicate effectively with clients and other professionals.

Throughout this course, you will have the opportunity to explore the Repulse Prevention (RP) model and its conceptual and clinical features. The RP approach is widely used and an effective method for altering excessive or addictive behaviour patterns. It is successful in preventing relapse among individuals recovering from substance abuse.

The course will analyze specific intervention techniques for both proactive and reactive intervention, including cognitive-behavioural therapy, coping skills training, and mindfulness-based interventions. Learn to identify and address high-risk situations and triggers that can lead to relapse and develop strategies to manage cravings and maintain abstinence.

You will examine the importance of abstinence and opioid substitution programs in substance abuse rehabilitation, and other problems encountered in this field. Learn of the complex nature of addiction and the challenges that individuals face in the recovery process, including co-occurring mental health disorders and other behavioural addictions.

Through both theoretical and practical information, learn to apply the RP model to real-world situations to develop effective treatment plans for individuals recovering from substance abuse as well as how to work collaboratively with other professionals in the field to provide comprehensive and holistic care for clients.

When you have finished the course, you will have gained a deep understanding of the RP approach and the tools and techniques necessary to prevent relapse in individuals recovering from substance abuse and be equipped with the skills and knowledge to provide effective support and treatment to clients and to help them maintain a healthy and fulfilling life in recovery.

Program Objectives:

Throughout this program, you will explore the risks and resilience of diverse family groups and develop techniques for analyzing unhealthy family dynamics. You will also learn about intake, assessment, and case management processes, and gain practical experience through role-playing exercises and other hands-on activities.

Additionally, you will examine the Relapse Prevention (RP) model for preventing relapse among individuals recovering from substance abuse. You will learn specific intervention techniques for both proactive and reactive intervention and explore the importance of abstinence and opioid substitution programs.

By the end of this course, you will have gained a thorough understanding of family dynamics, intake and assessment processes, and the RP model for substance abuse rehabilitation. You will be equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to support individuals and families in a variety of contexts and help them achieve and maintain a successful recovery.


All MicroDiploma courses have different grading systems. For most, it is a combination of homework, assignments, quizzes and exams. Some course grading is 100% based on assignments or exams. An example of the breakdown is listed below.

  • Homework and Lab Assignments – 40%
  • Review Quizzes – 30%
    These will test your comprehension of course materials following each section of the course.
  • Knowledge Assessments – 30%
    An overall assessment of the course material, may consist of one or more exams.

This MicroDiploma is part of:

Average Duration

6 weeks at 20 hours per week.


All courses are taught in English.

Canadian Application

Apply your new knowledge and skills to a career in Canada.

Textbook Included

World-class textbooks are available with no extra cost.

Transfer Credits

Module credits you have completed can be put towards a MicroDiploma. Earn MicroDiploma credits to put towards a Diploma.

Program Textbooks

Family Therapy: An Overview

Completely up to date, this engaging and practice-oriented text is your complete resource to help students master the many facets of family therapy. In this ninth edition, the authors provide practice-oriented content in a more concise format that will help students become empathic and effective family therapists. New material focuses on how students can practice systemic thinking and on how to develop core competencies in family therapy. There is also increased attention to LGBTQ families and alternative forms of family life, and to gender, culture, and ethnic considerations. Colour-coded boxes highlight key aspects of family therapy, such as family diversity, evidence-based practice research, "Thinking Like a Clinician" student exercises, case studies, clinical notes, and therapeutic encounters. Examples illustrate family therapists from many professions, including social work, MFT, psychology, and counselling. Learning objectives focus students' attention on key concepts.


Irene Goldenberg: Professor Emeritus of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. She served as Associate Chairperson of that department and as Director of Psychological Services for many years and continues to teach marriage and family therapy courses to psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers there. She currently supervises doctoral students and directs the family therapy program at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Together with Herbert Goldenberg, Dr. Goldenberg was awarded the 2007 American Family Therapy Academy lifetime achievement award for family therapy.

Generalist Case Management

Become an effective case manager with Generalist Case Management: A Method of Human Service Delivery 5th Edition. You'll be drawn into the text early on when you meet Sharon Bello, a client involved in the case management process. Realistic and relevant, this text provides you with the fundamental skills and information you need to coordinate and provide services to a variety of populations. Case studies, interviews with human service case managers nationwide, and opportunities to apply what you learn to real-life issues are just a few of the tools that will help you become an effective advocate for your client. You'll also gain practical knowledge to help you prepare for earning C-SWMC certification and the HS-BCP credential.


Marianne Woodside: Professor Emerita, is affiliated with the Human Services, Mental Health Counseling, and Counselor Education programs at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has taught Introduction to Human Services, Case Management, Methods of Helping, and Foundations of Counsellor education, and supervises practicum and internship. Her primary research interests are international human services, human service education, and case management. Dr. Woodside has served on the editorial boards for the Journal of Human Service Education, the American Association for Counseling and Development Journal, and Tennessee Counseling Journal.

Concepts of Chemical Dependency

From inhalants and alcohol to synthetic drugs and opiates, Concepts for Chemical Dependency reflects the explosion of information regarding the understanding, identification and treatment of substance use disorders. The textbook also examines the use and misuse of tobacco, barbiturates, amphetamines, cocaine and hallucinogens as well as chemicals frequently left out of other books--such as aerosols, steroids and over-the-counter analgesics. One thing you won't find is a judgmental approach preaching that "drugs are bad for you." By studying the facts and concepts in this book, you get the information you need to understand relevant research related to misused substances and help your clients overcome substance misuse challenges.


Harold Doweiko: A licensed psychologist, Doweiko has been on the staff at the Gundersen-Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin, for 19 years. He works with the substance abuse rehabilitation program, the chronic pain management program and traditional adult mental health patients, including "dual diagnosis" patients. He has served with the La Crosse County Drug Court for several years and as a professional witness on the topic of substance use disorders for federal and state courts in Kansas, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Build Job-ready Skills To Succeed Globally

Take advantage of an increasing job market inside and outside your country.


Job Postings

$44,500 CAD*

Average salary

Job Opportunities

Addictions Support Worker
Youth Support Worker
Family Support Worker
Parenting Support Worker
Addictions Treatment Worker
$45,500 CAD
$40,000 CAD
$41,000 CAD
$41,000 CAD
$54,500 CAD


These statistics are from
from February, 2023 and may not represent
current employment numbers.

Skills You Will Gain

  • Counselling

  • Collaboration

  • Ethics

  • Mindfulness

  • Interviewing

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Family Support MicroDiploma


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Exclusive Benefits of a Canada North College MicroDiploma

Affordability: Compared to other Canadian online and in-person colleges, we offer the same high-quality education at lower prices.

Top Learning Materials: We use the best textbooks and learning platforms available, written and recognized by industry experts.

Industry-experienced Instructors: Our faculty members come from the course industry and are up to date on the latest trends and techniques.

World-Class Skills: Canadian post-secondary education is recognized the world over for its excellence in preparing students to enter the global job market.

Cost Effective: Because we are online, there is no need to obtain a student visa or incur the financial or emotional costs associated with relocating to Canada for your studies.

Career-Focused Knowledge: Graduate prepared to enter the job market that corresponds to your field of study and ready to meet employer needs.


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Everything depends on your experience, location, industry, and the job market itself. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors was $47,660, Community Health Workers was $43,000, and Social and Community Service Managers, which includes Case Managers, was $69,600 as of May 2020.

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