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PSY4313 - Theory and Practice of Family Counseling

Course Description

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.

Course Objectives

  1. To identify the history and salient features of the major theories that influence family life counselling, including Developmental Life Cycle and Family Systems theories.
  2. To acquire a familiarity and comfort with the terminology and language of family therapy.
  3. To become familiar with the significant methods and techniques commonly used in family counselling.
  4. To engender an emotional bond in the student through a study of her/his personal Family-of-Origin Genogram.
  5. To demonstrate the ability to apply the principles and values suggested in a study of the genogram to an effective family-counselling ministry.
  6. To recognize and discuss the pervasive characteristics of the functional and dysfunctional family system.
  7. To review the models of diagnosis and assessment in family therapy.
  8. To design and develop a strategy for intervention and appropriate change of the dysfunctional family system.
  9. To identify the current ethics, issues, trends, and research in family therapy.

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