Addiction Professional - NAADAC

Psychology of Underachieving Adults

4 CE credit hours training
Robert A. Yourell
Target audience and instructional level of this course: foundational

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Course Description

This is the sister course of Revolving Door Families: The Issues and Clinical Concerns from a Bio-psychosocial perspective. Both courses assist therapists in treating families with impaired and underachieving adults. Much of the material is easily translated into situations involving adolescents. This course can stand on its own, but we recommend that the reader take both courses unless he or she is familiar with the issues of these families and the various roles that a therapist might play in these potentially complicated cases. The sister course goes into depth concerning the issues that these families grapple with, and the sources and types of problems of impaired adults. It also addresses the fundamental legal and ethical issues pertaining to therapists' potential roles with these families.

Topics and focus: This course provides detailed treatment of assessment, treatment issues, and guidelines for working with revolving door families. It emphasis psychosocial education and a programmatic approach to negotiation between the parents and their adult child.
Negotiation: The approach to negotiation taught in this course serves the parents' twin needs of preserving their own well being, and pursuing their desire to support their child in ways that are productive and worthwhile, according to their values and capacities. These negotiations can be an effective component of efforts to influence the adult child's behavior for various purposes.

These purposes include: 1) preserving the parents physical, emotional, and financial well being in the course of their relationship with their adult child; 2) supporting any efforts to help the adult child become more independent or less self-destructive, and 3) creating a harmonious and functional situation in the parents' home when the adult child is living with them.

The process of preparing for the negotiation can be very therapeutic. 1) It can be used to improve family structure, such as in strengthening the boundaries of the parents or eliciting a more adult role from the

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