Dysfunctional Families and Probationers, 8 hours
The family system from which a probationer comes has impact on the probability of re-offending. Understanding the dynamics of these family systems aids the probation officer in making decisions about case disposition and management, as well as making possible interventions. This class uses three familiar family traumas: incest, domestic violence, and substance abuse, and the impact when these behaviors are embedded in the family system. Participants become familiar with family roles, possible interventions, and community resources. Skills needed to communicate with these families are identified and practiced.