Critically examine and compare selected approaches to couple therapy theory and practice. Explore foundational models that highlight both modern and post-modern approaches to couple therapy—including structural, emotionally-focused, solution-oriented, and narrative—while reviewing other models for comparative purposes. Meta-theories are considered as a means of inviting intentional integration and conceptualization in couple therapy.
Through the comparative analysis of selected models, you have the opportunity to consider how they each address issues of inclusion, diversity, power, privilege, and marginalization. You are also invited to critically reflect on how these models may fit into your own integrative approach to couple therapy.
This interactive course uses a variety of teaching and learning processes—including group presentations, self-reflections, analyses, and synchronous and asynchronous discussions—to effectively translate theories into practical methods for contemporary couple therapists.
This course is typically recognized by CAMFT and AAMFT as a therapy or studies course.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate a clinical understanding of selected theoretical models of couple therapy, and appreciation for the distinctions between the models
- Exhibit skills for critical analysis of various couple therapy theories and practices
- Demonstrate integration of the various theoretical models and skills for locating your own preferred approaches
- Display ability to use various approaches when working with couples
- Demonstrate ability to work safely and effectively with diverse couples by attending to systemic and contextual factors, for example issues that relate to power, privilege and oppression
- Transfer classroom learning into contribution to generative, collaborative learning and practice environments that respect diversity and complexity
- Definition, History, Foundational Concepts
- Approaches to Couple Therapy
- Empirical Support for Couple Therapy
- Common Factors in Couple Therapy
- Social and Contextual Factors in Couple Therapy
- Structural Couple Therapy
- Integrative Behavioural Couple Therapy
- Narrative Couple Therapy
- Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy
- Solution Focused Couple Therapy
- Gottman Couple Therapy
- Commonly occurring issues in Couple Therapy: Sex, Addictions, Mental Health, Infidelity, Intimate Partner Violence
- Comparative Analysis of Couple Therapy Approaches
- Case Conceptualization and Clinical Documentation
- Future Directions in Couple Therapy
- Prerequisite course: Theories and Methods of Family Therapy: Foundations of the Field
- Note: If you wish to take the course but have not completed the prerequisite, please email Beverley Fretz, manager, program development.
- As well as scheduled instruction time, you can expect to spend approximately five to ten hours per week on course readings, activities, and/or assignments.
- Course assignments are completed up to four weeks following the final day of the course.
|Class Participation (synchronous and asynchronous)||25%|
|Group Article Presentation and Written Materials||20%|
|Comparative Analysis of Couple and Therapy Models and Approaches||25%|
|Applied Critical Analysis and Theory Application||30%|
Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Advanced Certificate in Couple and Family Therapy Studies : Required Courses
*Course details are subject to change.