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Alcohol Abuse and Dependence in Women: A Look At the Movie WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN: With Discussion About Diversity and Social, Physiological, Vocational, Sexual, Spiritual and Family Implications

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About the Course

This course includes an e-book, written by Haike Spiller, CRC, CASAC, that is designed to be used as a companion to the Touchtone Pictures film When a Man Loves a Woman and will explain, demonstrate, and guide participants in the application of knowledge about symptoms and diagnosis of alcohol abuse and dependence, treatment interventions, diversity and social, physiological, vocational, sexual, and spiritual implications of alcoholism, the effects of alcoholism on the family system, and how alcoholism manifests itself in women. The movie portrays a textbook example of the disorder and is valuable for learning about the disease.

Note: This course is based on an e-book which is available for purchase from Obtain this material by clicking “Get Course Material”. It’s not necessary to purchase the movie. It can be rented from a local video store. However, if you choose to purchase the DVD a link is provided for your convenience.

This course is based on the reading-based online article and dvd, Alcohol Abuse and Dependence in Women: A Look At the Movie WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN: With Discussion About Diversity and Social, Physiological, Vocational, Sexual, Spiritual and Family Implications created by Haike Spiller, CRC, CASAC and Francine R Goldberg, Ph.D.


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Haike Spiller, CRC, CASAC

Haike Spiller obtained her Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from New York University (NYU). For over 15 years she has provided or overseen vocational rehabilitation services in substance abuse treatment programs in New York City to clients with a wide range of disabilities. She also has worked as a trainer, fieldwork supervisor, administrator and consultant in the field of addiction, vocational rehabilitation, and workforce development. She has co-authored, developed and contributed to numerous curricula, and training manuals. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), and a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC).

Francine R Goldberg, Ph.D., producer

Francine R. Goldberg received her Ph.D. from the Rehabilitation Counseling Program at New York University (NYU) in 1981, following her doctoral research, Academic Achievement Bias among Community Mental Health Workers. She has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of mental health and psychiatric rehabilitation, including counseling, supervision, administration, staff development, clinical risk management, graduate and undergraduate teaching on the adjunct faculties at NYU and the City University of New York, Lehman College, and multiple national and international publications and presentations that address topics in mental health, psychiatric rehabilitation and the use of multimedia in the delivery of mental health services. She holds a CRC, NCC, LMHC, LPC and LRC.

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Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about alcohol abuse and dependence in women and intervention strategies. It is appropriate for introductory to intermediate levels of participants' knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify symptoms and DSM-IV-TR diagnostic criteria for alcohol abuse and dependence, treatment modalities and interventions, especially detoxification and short-term in-patient programs.
  2. Introduce the use of 12-Step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Adult Children of Alcoholics, Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA), as well as systems and dynamics of alcoholic families.
  3. Understand the vocational, social, physiological, sexual and spiritual effects of alcohol abuse and dependence.
  4. Understand alcoholism in diverse women and their specific treatment needs.

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