Assignment Description
A Personal History & Genogram

A Personal History of Substance Abuse and/or Addiction in my Family: Include a genogram and excerpts from interview with family members or family “stories.” Provide a title that is suggestive and creative. Your narrative should track central themes and stories rather than an exhaustive history of your family of origin or a chronological account of events. The narrative of this assignment is to be 4-6 pages and should not include information that can be easily included in the genogram (ages, ethnicity, race, dates, death, gender, relationships, etc.) This report is confidential and will not be shared with the class. Due on March 7 by 7 PM

Fieldwork Report

This is a 5 pages report based on attendance to an AA open meeting. You should attend the meeting on your own and not be in the company of a relative or friend. Attend a meeting where there is a very low probability that you may encounter a friend or relative. This task starts immediately after you know about this assignment and the steps you need to take to accomplish it. Keep a journal about the experience from the moment you start thinking how you will approach the assignment, the journal will help you in writing the paper later on. The report is a thoughtful integration of the course material in light of your field experience. Highlight Prof. Gonzalo Bacigalupe COU 672 Substance Abuse and the Family Spring 2005 5 important points of your experience and observations and how self-help principles can be integrated with family systems ideas. Plan ahead, no late submissions. Due by 4 PM on April 18th.

Lead Threaded Discussion (groups of two or three) 1. Choose one article or chapter from each of the references lists (or one from the suggested readings plus one from the reference list #2). 2. Decide on the theme or question you will facilitate a threaded discussion 3. Give it a creative subject name 4. Let professor know when you would like to schedule the discussion. Keep in mind the syllabus structure so that your theme coincides with some of the subjects cover that week. 5. Write a two to three pages summary (single space) for class distribution. Use subtitles, bolded fonts, etc. Make it into a truly informational piece that the whole class can use to learn about the articles and about your conclusions Format the paper according to the following outline: a. Subject of Discussion b. Students' Names c. References (APA 5th Guidelines) d. Summary should include i. What are the questions addressed by the authors? ii. What is the research about? What setting? What sample? What methods? iii. What are the conclusions? iv. What is your evaluation of the articles? v. What recommendations do you extract from the readings? e. Questions for Discussion 6. Create a couple of engaging and thoughtful questions to lead class into the discussion. 7. Send summary and questions for professor to review with a minimum of two weeks in advance of your scheduled threaded discussion (exceptions will be made for those choosing to lead the first two discussions). 8. You will lead the threaded discussion for whole week (Wednesday to Tuesday) and are responsible for responding, adding new information, and keeping it alive through a compelling interaction. Organize the groups and schedule it within the first two weeks. Presentations will start by the third session.
Participation & Self-Evaluation

Asynchronous (Threaded Discussions), Synchronous (Discussions and Simulations) Participation: These forms of participation replace the actual presence of students in the classroom and it is a basic component of this course. We may have guests attending some of these discussions and some flexibility will be required to accommodate the schedule of those guests. Your presence in the threaded discussions should occur on a weekly basis. If you do not attend a Synchronous Event or miss a substantial portion of it, you are required to send a summary of that session before the end of the week to me via email. You are required to generate a minimum of two entries per each threaded discussion. Students are expected to make meaningful and thoughtful contributions to all discussions rather than “I agree” or “I dislike” kind of comments. If you send an email to the class or individuals, identify yourself clearly each time. The course requires going online at least a 3 to 4 times a week besides reading, writing, fieldwork experiences, and opportunities to watch videos in campus or at your location. Expect spending the same or more time than you would spend when taking a traditional course. It is your responsibility to back up and keep track of your participation. Self-Evaluation: Write a one page self-evaluation that includes the amount of points you would give yourself for participation. Discuss your participation in threaded discussions and Synchronous events and your overall contribution to the learning of others in the course. Due on last session.

Midterm Quiz

It includes class notes and readings up to Session 6. It will include brief responses and some multiple answers. It is open book but it will require throughout understanding of the readings.

Final Quiz Accumulative test, it will cover mostly material from Session 7 to 14 but it will also require full understanding of the first part of the course.
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