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Course Description

Two men in a counselling session with a female counselor mediating their session.

Become familiar with the theories and methods of couple therapy through a review of selected couple therapy models. Each model will be examined in terms of its concepts of health, assumptions, goals, assessment features and interventions. The course will also look at some of the key issues and problems that are often presented to couple therapists.

This course is designed for counsellors, therapists, social workers, mental health workers, and pastoral/faith-based and other practitioners seeking to build or enhance their practical skills and theoretical foundation in couple and family therapy, as well as those exploring therapy as a career.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the theory and methods utilized by various couple therapy models, including Object Relations Couple Therapy, Cognitive and Behavioural Couple Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, and Gottman, and Narrative Couple Therapy
  • Compare and contrast each model's concepts of health, change, assessment, therapy process and intervention methods
  • Identify key issues and problems confronted by couple therapists, as well as indications and contraindications for couple therapy

Course Topics

  • Context, Healthy Relationships, Love and Conflict, Theory Overview
  • Psychodynamic, Transgenerational, Cognitive Behavioural and Systemic Couple Therapy Approaches
  • Emotion Centered and Social Constructionist Approaches
  • Depression, Separation/Divorce, Violence, Presentations
  • Presentations, Model Dialogue, Enrichment, Forgiveness, Endings

Additional Requirements

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.

Assessment

Assessment Item Weight
Group Discussion Response Paper 30%
Applied Couple Therapy Approach Presentation 40%
Individual Paper 30%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.

Sponsoring Partner

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

Technical Requirements

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Section Title
Theories and Methods of Couple Therapy
Type
In-Class Instruction
Days
Saturday
Time
8:30AM to 6:30PM
Dates
March 28, 2020
Type
In-Class Instruction
Days
Sunday
Time
8:30AM to 6:30PM
Dates
March 29, 2020
Type
In-Class Instruction
Days
Saturday
Time
8:30AM to 6:30PM
Dates
April 04, 2020
Type
In-Class Instruction
Days
Sunday
Time
8:30AM to 6:30PM
Dates
April 05, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Location
  • Guelph
Delivery Options
Classroom  
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
Section Notes

Early bird registration ends 30 days prior to the course start date.

Course registration closes Tuesday, March 23, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

If circumstances (e.g., severe weather) required the postponement of the course , alternative dates include April 3 and/or April 6, 2020

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