This course looks at how families are affected by addiction and introduces techniques to work with family systems in the recovery process. Students will explore the concepts of family survival roles/resilience, co-dependency and enabling, and they will develop strategies to help families who are caught in the addictions cycle. This course focuses on parenting and introduces students to methods of providing helping services to parents and children, primarily in Aboriginal communities. Traditional values and practices are reviewed along with societal influences on current parenting practices. Advocacy and effective methods of empowering families to promote responsible parenting, accountability and healthy family roles are explored.