Professor: This is an interesting question that should be explored through research as well as reflection. Are there differences in treating genders? How might the roles impact treatment? I look forward to your detailed responses.
DQ#1: How might you approach counseling differently depending on who in the family has the substance use disorder? For example, would you approach a mom or wife differently than a husband or dad?
Jalonda: As a professional counselor, depending on who is the client with the substance problem such as a wife and husband should be approached differently with being more direct with the husband than the wife because the husband is the protecter and provider for the family. (Substance Treatment, 2009) If the husband has the substance abuse problem, then most likely it is probably lacking him from his responsiblities with his wife kids, job, etc.
I believe I would be more direct towards him to get him to realize that he needs to change his life for the better. I would approach the wife as more calm than the husband because women are more emotional than men, so I would want to watch my words in how I say it.
Since women are more emotional, as a professional, I would approach with more gentleness & care. Although, I would show care & gentleness with men as well, women a little more because it is easier say something that would offend them.