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How do you involve the patient's family during treatment?

Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for an Addiction Counselor interview

How to Answer

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.

How do you involve the patient's family during treatment?
Answer example

"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

"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."


"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."

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How do you involve the patient's family during treatment?
When necessary and appropriate releases have been signed to do so.
You can consult with patients families if a consent form has been signed on their behalf.
Not unless the patient gives me consent to talk to their family regarding a specific issue, and that information will benefit the patients treatment.
As long as my patient offers a release for me to communicate with them, absolutely.
It is up to the patient if they are adults. I would decide based on the history disclosed by the client with their family if it would be in their best interest to be involved in recovery. It is always best if it is possible to ensure they have a support system who has the tools to help them help themselves.
I do if the patient wants this and I have the patient sign a release or information.
Yes if it is permissible. Family is very important in the treatment and recovery process.
Only if the patient gives permission or requests that I do so.
If the patient has given me consent.
Not unless the patient is under 18
Only if the patient has signed a consent.
Only if permission from the clients.
If agreeable by the patient and arranged as part of the care plan yes, if it is something more specialized required I would consider referring to a more appropriate service or source support for the family.
If the client has provided a written consent.
I've consulted with family only if the patient has given written consent.
Yes, because if one member have the problem it effects others members in the family as well.
Not without the patients permission.
Yes when able. Think families are an important part of the recovery process.
Only if the client agrees to it and wants family involved. Confidentiality is first and foremost.
This is determined case by case. Families and other persons surrounding the addict can often have great insight and information helpful in understanding a client's story.
I have not work with families as a who but have educated clients on how thier behavior effect the people around them.
General progress reports.
If the patient would like me to consult with their families and provide consent for me to do so, I would have no problem with consulting with them. Families can be a source of strentgh for patients so working with them can definitely be a strength.
Only if written consent is given, but no details of therapeutic conversations would be repeated.
Not unless that is part of the mandated program. I do not find that this is necessary.
If policy stipulates that contact is necessary for treatment, otherwise, no.
I wouldn't unless the patient has given their consent and if the information will help their matter.
If patient has given permission and a situation warrants it.
No I would not want to breach confidentality.
Yes, as it is important to help them with their narrative regarding the client and their role in the addiction cycle.
Family counseling is out of my scope of practice but if an ROI is in place and the patient wants to include a significant other or parent in a one on one, that is possible.
Based on clts communication and readiness to have relatives included in tx. Educate family members about substance abuse tx.

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