Consulting with the patient's family can be extremely helpful in addictions treatment. Finding ways to include them in support groups or educational seminars can be highly constructive. Explain to the interviewer that you understand how family involvement can aid in the progress of your patients. Tell the interviewer how you reach out to family members and how you coach the family to know how to help their loved one.
"When involving family members in treatment, I start by setting clear boundaries for my patient. When family members are able to respect and follow boundaries I've found that it can be beneficial to treatment."
Entry Level answer example
"I would involve the patients family if it would be beneficial to the recovery plan set up for my patient. Sometimes bringing the patients family into treatment only sets things back and is detrimental to healing. I would involve family slowly and strategically."
Experienced answer example
"Family members must first sign an agreement with me that they are devoted to following the patients' recovery plan, fully. If they are able to do this, I am happy to involve them in group sessions. I usually start by asking them to take a related educational seminar so that they become accustomed to some of the language we use in therapy sessions, and learn about the treatment methods used in addictions counseling. I want to set everyone up for success."