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Course Description

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

Gain an understanding of foundational concepts, theories, and skills in the practice of couple therapy. You will begin with the fundamentals of structural and systemic couple therapy, and then move to focus on more recent developments in the field while emphasizing both modernist and post-modernist approaches to therapy with couples. Specific attention will be paid to the Gottman Method, Solution-Oriented, Narrative, and Dialogic forms of couple therapy, as well as Greenberg’s Emotion Focused Couple Therapy as the precursor to the more popular attachment-based Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy. Emphasis will be placed on socio-culturally attuned approaches. A comparative analysis of the various models will assist you in placing them into an integrated framework.

This is an interactive course that uses a variety of teaching and learning processes, including exercises and discussion, to effectively translate theories into practical methods for contemporary couple therapists. Many discussions and interactive methods will require reflection on personal experience.

This course is typically recognized by CAMFT and AAMFT as a therapy or studies course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate and integrate the knowledge of theoretical models in the field of couple therapy
  • Identify one’s own preferred approaches to couple therapy
  • Apply practical skills in conducting sessions with couples and families
  • Engage in critical analysis of couple therapy theories and practices
  • Consider differing perspectives on issues of social location, power, and oppression as they influence the therapeutic process
  • Exhibit advanced oral and written communication skills, as well as a strengthened ability to engage in generative dialogues
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues and clients in a context where diverse and sometimes opposing views, complex explanations, and challenging dilemmas are part of the process

Course Topics

  • Structure and System
  • Language and Embodiment
  • Emotion and Experience
  • Solutions and Methods

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.
  • As well as the in-class instruction, 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.

Assessment

Assessment Item Weight
Reflections and Questions about Readings 60%
Expanded Initial Consultation Summary and Supervision Preparation Form 40%
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
Remote Instruction
Days
Wednesday
Time
3:00PM to 5:00PM
Dates
June 03, 2020
Type
Remote Instruction
Days
Friday
Time
8:30AM to 5:00PM
Dates
June 05, 2020
Type
Remote Instruction
Days
Saturday
Time
8:30AM to 5:00PM
Dates
June 06, 2020
Type
Remote Instruction
Days
Friday
Time
8:30AM to 5:00PM
Dates
June 12, 2020
Type
Remote Instruction
Days
Saturday
Time
8:30AM to 5:00PM
Dates
June 13, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Location
  • Virtual
Delivery Options
Remote Instruction  
Course Fee(s)
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
Section Notes

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

Course registration closes Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

There is no required text book for the course. Beginning May 27, 2020 at 12:01 p.m., course materials can be accessed online via CourseLink.


This course is delivered remotely.

Orientation to CourseLink remote delivery, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 3:00 p.m.

As well as the CourseLink learning management system, this course uses Zoom as a video communication tool. You are responsible for downloading a free version of Zoom. A webcam, a microphone to record video, and headphones/speakers to play back the recording are also needed.

System Requirements:

  1. An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
  2. Speakers and a microphone – built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth
  3. A webcam or HD webcam - built-in or USB plug-in

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