CASPER COLLEGE COURSE SYLLABUS
ADDN 1440 The Family
Semester/Year: Fall 2009
Lecture Hours: 1 Lab Hours: 0 Credit Hours: 1
Class Time: 6- 6:50 pm Days:Tuesday Room: AD 174
Instructor’s Name: Diana Quealy-Berge, Ph.D.
Instructor's Contact Office Phone: Email:
Information: AD 175 A TBA email@example.com
Office Hours: M/W 10-12; T/TH 2-3; by appointment; Walk ins are welcome
Course Description: Provides an overview of the characteristics, treatments, issues, and, dynamics
related to the family.
Statement of Prerequisites: none
Goal: This course is intended as an introduction of families and the impact of addictions upon the
Through active participation in this course, each student will:
1. Identify and become familiar with family systems.
2. Demonstrate a basic understanding and knowledge of addictions and their issues.
3. Demonstrate familiarity of therapeutic approaches in working with families.
4. Identify and become familiar with theories of addiction and current treatment practices
involved in addictions and families.
Methodology: The instructional procedures are a combination of lectures, interactive classroom
experiences, simulated activities that include role plays, and class discussions.
Underlying Philosophy: The education and training of addiction personnel involves assisting some
clients with addiction issues that include alcohol and drugs and their impact upon the family system.
This course will introduce the beginning student to families and addiction issues from a knowledge-
base and treatment perspective. The effects of drug use and alcohol upon families are multifaceted
problems that require comprehensive, multidimensional discussion.
Evaluation Criteria: Each student will be encouraged to attend and participate in all class
meetings. Active class participation is expected.
1) Term Paper: Each student will prepare a term paper. This paper will be a minimum of 5 pages
and have a minimum of five current referred academic journal references regarding their chosen
subject matter. This paper will incorporate the basics of addictions and their impact upon families.
All papers will consist of a title page and be double-spaced. First Draft of the Papers will be worth
50 points and due before the midterm exam. The final draft of the paper will be due the Friday
before finals week. Papers not meeting these criteria will be returned for revision.
2) Reaction Papers: Students will prepare 2 reaction papers over the course of the semester. These
will consist of a title page and a minimum of 2 pages of text. They are to be double-spaced.
Reaction papers will receive 10 points maximum and will be graded on writing style and
integration of cognitive and affective reactions to class discussion, lecture, videos, or speakers.
Papers not meeting these criteria will be returned for revision. Only one paper may be submitted
per week and they should cover different class topics.
3) Family Genograms: Each student will prepare their own family genogram in lieu of a final
4) 12 Steps and the Family: Students are expected to attend 3 or more Open Al Anon meetings and
write A brief reaction paper (1 page) addressing the student’s reaction and learning from the
EVALUATION OF STUDENTS
Reaction Papers = 50 points each
Draft One = 50 points
Draft Two = 50 Points
Family Genograms = 100 points
12 Steps and the Family
50 points per meeting
50 points per reaction paper
Grading Scale: A= 90-100%
F=59 and below
Required Text, Readings, and Materials: Readings as assigned.
1. Class Policies: Academic honesty: The honesty policy of Casper College will be fully adhered
to in this course. Grades and degrees earned through dishonest means devalue those earned by
all students. Academic dishonesty involves acts that may subvert or compromise the integrity
of the academic process.
2. Attendance and participation are expected. Attendance means being in class, arriving on time,
and engaging in class discussions demonstrations and other exercises as directed.
3. All papers and assignments are to be turned in on time. There will be a loss of points equal to
one letter grade for late submissions.
All work must be carefully edited and completed. Work that is below a college level standard of
writing and thought will be returned. You will have the opportunity to rewrite a paper and it may
automatically lose a letter grade or more depending on the quality and timeliness of the revisions
Student Rights and Responsibilities: Please refer to the Casper College Student Conduct and Judicial
Code for information concerning your rights and responsibilities as a Casper College Student.
Chain of Command: If you have any problems with this class, you should first contact the instructor to
attempt to solve the problem. If you are not satisfied with the solution offered by the instructor, you
should then take the matter through the appropriate chain of command starting with the Department
Head/Program Director, the Academic Dean, and lastly the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Academic Dishonesty - Cheating & Plagiarism: Casper College demands intellectual honesty. Proven
plagiarism or any form of dishonesty associated with the academic process can result in the offender
failing the course in which the offense was committed or expulsion from school. See the Casper
College Student Code of Conduct.
ADA Accommodations Policy: It is the policy of Casper College to provide appropriate
accommodations to any student with a documented disability. If you have a need for accommodation
in this course, please make an appointment to see me at your earliest convenience.
Calendar or schedule indicating course content:
Aug 25 – Introductions; course expectations; What is a family? Constructing a genogram.
Sept 1 – The Road to Recovery
Sept 8 – Understanding the 12 steps (AA; Al Anon; Alateen)
Sept15 – Adolescents
Sept 22 – Revisioning
Sept 29 – Gereatric
Oct 6 – Co Dependency: What it is or Not?
Oct 13 – Midterm Exam
Oct 19-23 – Fall Break
Oct 27 -
Nov 3 –
Nov 10 –
Nov 17 -
Nov 24 -
Dec 1 –
Dec 8 –
Dec 15 - Final Exam class attendance is required.