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Course Description

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This course introduces the major theories and central concepts that formed the beginning foundations of family therapy. The course will focus on the historical development of systemic family therapy and introduce the following models of family therapy: Bowenian, Contextual, Structural, Strategic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Experiential. A comparative analysis of the various models will assist students in placing the various family therapy tools into an integrated framework. This is an interactive course that uses a variety of teaching and learning processes, including exercises and discussion, in order to effectively translate theories into practical methods for contemporary family therapists. Participants should anticipate that many discussions and interactive methods will require reflection on personal experience.

This course is typically recognized by AAMFT as a Studies course.

Designed For

Counsellors, therapists, social workers, mental health workers, 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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Critique the strengths and weaknesses of resources relevant to family therapy
  2. Identify the distinctiveness of the family therapy approaches studied
  3. Demonstrate increased awareness of one’s personal values and preferences regarding therapy and to explore the ways in which various models might be integrated into one’s own therapeutic repertoire
  4. Conceptualize clinical work via multiple lenses and develop appropriate treatment interventions
  5. Construct an integrative therapeutic treatment plan

Assessment

Assessment Item Weight
Class Participation (3% per class for each of the 5 classes) 15%
Annotated Bibliography 30%
Reflective Journal 15%
Case Study Paper 40%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.

Sponsoring Partners

The course is offered jointly by the Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (OAMFT) and the University of Guelph, Open Learning and Educational Support (OpenEd).

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

*Course details are subject to change.

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Section Title
Theories and Methods of Family Therapy: Foundations of the Field
Type
In-Class Instruction
Days
Saturday
Time
8:30AM to 6:30PM
Dates
October 19, 2019
Type
In-Class Instruction
Days
Sunday
Time
8:30AM to 6:30PM
Dates
October 20, 2019
Type
In-Class Instruction
Days
Saturday
Time
8:30AM to 6:30PM
Dates
October 26, 2019
Type
In-Class Instruction
Days
Sunday
Time
8:30AM to 6:30PM
Dates
October 27, 2019
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Location
  • Guelph-Humber
Delivery Options
Classroom  
Section Fees
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
Section Notes

Registration closes Tuesday October 15, 2019 at 4:00pm

Please review the Continuing Education Courses Withdrawal, Transfer, and Refund Policy.


Students are required to obtain the mandatory text in advance of the course start date. Additional course materials (e.g., slides, e-handouts, required and supplementary readings and viewing, etc.) are provide via the ‘Courselink’ course website, which will be accessible to students beginning Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, at 12:01PM EST. Once you have access to the site, please open the ‘Ares’ tab and ensure you have access to the reading materials via UoG Ares E-Reserve. If you do not, please contact plc@opened.uoguelph.ca for assistance.

Section Materials
  • Textbook (Mandatory) Family therapy: Concepts and methods by Nichols, M.P. & Davis, S © 2016 Pearson Education Inc. 11 edition ISBN 0133826600
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