Identifying, Diagnosing, and Treating Members of Chemically Dependent Families

Credit Option
Non credit
Program Type

In the field of addiction, it has been long recognized that both Alcoholism and Substance Dependency are considered a “family disease”.

The Alcoholic and or Chemically Dependent individual does not only adversely effect their own lives, but the lives of those who live and work in close proximity with them.  We call this dysfunctional lifestyle behavior “Co-Dependency”.  Consequently, besides treating the addicted individual, it is crucial that we also treat the family members who have also been adversely affected, so that they too may lead productive lives, with or without the addicted individual.

This workshop will explore the critical aspects of Codependency. The student will learn the following:

  • How to identify and define Codependency, by exploring the Family Dynamics of Codependency using the Family Systems Model.
  • How to understand and move beyond the emotional effects of Codependency, by understanding the various “rules” and “roles” played out in such dysfunctional families.
  • Be able to use Diagnostic Criteria (DSM) to determine the roots and dynamics of Codependent behaviors, in the past, present, and future.
  • Understanding and treating “Adult Children of Alcoholics” as a special population.
  • Learn basic and effective counselling skills which can be applied to assist Codependent individuals in their recovery, and not replicate their dysfunctional life style in other areas of life.
  • Treatment Modalities, Support groups, and Resources for Codependent Family Members.

Who can benefit

Professionals in the fields of Mental Health, Psychology, Social Work, Education, Addiction, Nursing, etc.

Workshop Information




6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.






Joseph J. D’Angelo, Senior Adjunct Professor, College of Nursing and Public Health

  • Involvement as a community leader and liaison in various business, social, civic, and service organizations
  • Involvement in the pastoral counseling of individuals at a general care hospital, a psychiatric hospital, and other health related facilities; extensive personal and individual counseling as an Assistant Pastor in several parishes (since 1968)
  • Expertise in the field of chemical dependency education, and counseling (since 1984) with involvement as an Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor at Adelphi University, South Oaks Hospital, Nassau County Correctional Facility; and as a Workshop Leader/Lecturer at the Institute for Alcoholism and Addictive Behavior Studies, at South Oaks Hospital
  • Served as Chaplain/Counselor at Adelphi University; involved in counseling and programming; having served on the University Committee for Alcohol and Substance Awareness, Student Life Committee, and University Hearing Board
  • Proficiency in public speaking, lecturing, and in conducting workshops, training seminars, and discussion groups; adjunct instructor in the School of Nursing and the Schools of Business at Adelphi University, Molloy College, Nassau Community College, and C.W. Post College/Long Island University – Department of Criminal Justice
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