PSY4634 - Marriage and Family Counseling Theories
A course intended to teach, from a Christian perspective, a comparative overview of the philosophies, goals, and techniques of major counseling theories as applied to marriages and families, with a particular emphasis on a systems approach.
At the completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify the features of the major theories that influence family counseling, with emphasis placed on Family Systems theories.
- Acquire a familiarity and comfort with the terminology and language of family counseling.
- Recognize the significant methods and techniques commonly used in marriage and family counseling.
- Engender an emotional bond and experience new insight with his or her family of origin through personal Family-of-Origin Genogram.
- Experience the emotional journey of a married couple through the life span.
- Apply the principles and values suggested in family system theory and marriage theory to case studies, to his or her own family, and in effective family ministry.
- Recognize and discuss the characteristics of the functional and dysfunctional family system and the chronic cultural influence on these families.
- Create a specific presentation on marriage and family for a particular ministry setting.
There are no prerequisites for this course.