MHAW116 – Family and Social Support


Admission Requirements
  • Grade 12 or OSSD Equivalent
  • Mature Student with Wonderlic SLE min. cut score minimum 14 on test
  • Bring your own device (BYOD): As a student in this on-campus program, you will require a mobile computing device that meets specifications outline by your program

Delivery Mode: Online
Textbook: Substance Abuse Counseling, 6th Edition Nelson Publishing 2019

Course Fees: $485.00 (with eTextbook)
Other Compulsory Fees: Inclusive
Additional Cost: Textbook $175.00 (Hard Copy)
Course Hours: 45 Hours
Course Intake: Every Monday
Department: PT – Continuing Education


In this subject, students will learn how counselors work with families where a family member has an addiction or mental health issue.  Students will explore several different family structure models and theories, and how counselors can use them with their clients. The main focus of the process when working with families must be how the client and their families can make systemic changes within their family structure.


North Bay Campus or Online –

Knowledge Competencies

Working with clients, individuals, and groups most affected by the client’s substance use and who are most able to either support or undermine the client’s treatment goals.

Explains why and how family and social supports are important parts of effective treatment and relapse prevention planning

Explains the impact that substance use can have on a client’s family and social supports and the impact family can have on a client’s substance use

Explains community resources available to the client and the client’s family and social supports

Engages with the client to identify all parties the client considers to be family, including non-biological social supports

Engages with the client’s family and/or social supports in a courteous, helpful, and professional manner