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Course Description

Examine the strategies to promote therapeutic change. Review modern and post-modern theories and models with respect to their concepts and principles of change and change practices. Explore therapist and client system beliefs and understandings of change in relation to therapeutic outcomes.

You will have the opportunity to experiment with hypotheses construction, intervention design, reframes, questions, metaphors, rituals, collaborative conversations, storytelling, externalization, reflective teams and others. The instructional model requires a high level of student participation and interaction. Case scenarios, presentations, role play and videotaped material will be utilized to illustrate intervention strategies.

This course is designed for counsellors, therapists, social workers, mental health workers, and pastoral care/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.

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

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Articulate the concepts of change underlying various therapy approaches and their corresponding direct and indirect intervention strategies—Strategic, Bowen, Narrative, Solution Focused, Social Constructivist and others
  • Demonstrate verbal and written ability to critique and to apply theoretical conceptualizations and change processes of selected modern/post-modern couple and family therapy approaches to case-study and client situations
  • Demonstrate the ability to articulate tentative “systemic” hypotheses and to translate their conceptualization into therapeutic conversations and change processes that are consistent with the selected practice model
  • Develop an initial working personal practice model that can be applied to a clinical situation highlighting the assumptions, beliefs and theories that direct your clinical practice, including hypothesizing, therapeutic goal setting and intervention considerations and application
  • Utilize the AAMFT code of ethics to reflect upon the indications and contraindications of using various direct and indirect interventions with client systems to ensure that you are consistently mindful of the best interest of clients and professional accountability

Course Topics

  • Introduction to Concepts of Change: Concepts & Models of Change; Theory and Change Practices; Hypothesis Formulation
  • What is Intervention: Modern Therapy Based Interventions; Process versus Content; Questions; Reframes
  • Intervention Design: Therapist Use of Self; Creativity; Mindfulness & Emotions; Rituals
  • Post-Modern Interventions: Metaphors; Story Telling; Therapeutic Conversations; Externalization; Reflecting Teams
  • Therapist Client System Interventions: Solutions; Therapeutic Letters; Transference/Vicarious Trauma; What works?; Ethics, Evaluating and Celebrating Change

Additional Requirements


Assessment Item Weight
Hypothesizing - Case Study 15%
Reflective Practice Self Evaluation 15%
Change Reflections Journal 30%
Intervention Application Paper OR Independent Project 40%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.

Sponsoring Partner

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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