PSY4313 - Theory and Practice of Family Counseling
The is the third theory course in a core sequence of three. Building upon the student's knowledge of individual and group counseling theories, its purpose is to introduce a systems approach to family treatment. In addition, the course will review professional ethics, issues and trends, and research in family therapy.
- To identify the history and salient features of the major theories that influence family life counselling, including Developmental Life Cycle and Family Systems theories.
- To acquire a familiarity and comfort with the terminology and language of family therapy.
- To become familiar with the significant methods and techniques commonly used in family counselling.
- To engender an emotional bond in the student through a study of her/his personal Family-of-Origin Genogram.
- To demonstrate the ability to apply the principles and values suggested in a study of the genogram to an effective family-counselling ministry.
- To recognize and discuss the pervasive characteristics of the functional and dysfunctional family system.
- To review the models of diagnosis and assessment in family therapy.
- To design and develop a strategy for intervention and appropriate change of the dysfunctional family system.
- To identify the current ethics, issues, trends, and research in family therapy.