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Become familiar with the major theories and central concepts that formed the beginning foundations of family therapy. Examine the historical development of systemic family therapy and the following models of family therapy: Bowenian, Contextual, Structural, Strategic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Experiential. A comparative analysis of the different models will assist you in placing the various family therapy tools into an integrated framework.

This interactive course 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. You should anticipate that many discussions and interactive methods will require reflection on personal experience.

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 couple/marriage and family studies course.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

Additional Requirements

  • 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.

Assessment

Assessment Item Weight
Class Participation  15%
Reflective Journal - Part 1 20%
Reflective Journal - Part 2 30%
Treatment Plan Paper 35%
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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*Course details are subject to change.

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Section Title
Theories and Methods of Family Therapy: Foundations of the Field
Type
Remote Instruction
Days
Friday
Time
9:00AM to 4:15PM
Dates
September 16, 2022
Type
Remote Instruction
Days
Saturday
Time
9:00AM to 4:15PM
Dates
September 17, 2022
Type
Remote Instruction
Days
Sunday
Time
9:00AM to 4:15PM
Dates
September 18, 2022
Type
Remote Instruction
Days
Saturday
Time
9:00AM to 4:15PM
Dates
September 24, 2022
Type
Remote Instruction
Days
Sunday
Time
9:00AM to 4:00PM
Dates
September 25, 2022
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
36.0
Location
  • Virtual
Delivery Options
Remote Instruction  
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
Section Notes

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

* Course registration closes Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.

* Beginning Friday, September 2, 2022 at 12:00 a.m., course materials can be accessed online via CourseLink.

* If due to extenuating circumstances one or more class needs to be rescheduled, the rescheduled class will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2022 and/or Sunday, October 2, 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. ET (or portion thereof).

The course is delivered remotely in real time.

* Attend the Remote Delivery Orientation (CourseLink & Zoom): Wednesday October 12, 2022, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. ET. The session is strongly recommended for those who have not yet participated in an orientation for a course in this program.

* As well as the CourseLink learning management system, this course uses Zoom as a video communication tool. Please download a free version of Zoom.

System Requirements:

* An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE).

* Speakers and a microphone – built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth.

* A webcam or HD webcam – built-in or USB plug-in.

* View the Course Policy: Withdrawals, Refunds, Transfer, Cancellations, Postponements.

* Contact the OpenEd Continuing Education team if you require assistance.

SECTION MATERIALS (REQUIRED TEXT)

Nichols, M.P. & Davis, S. (2021). Family therapy: Concepts and methods. 11th ed (Paperback) or 12th ed (eBook). MA: Pearson Education Inc. 

Section Materials
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) Family therapy: Concepts and methods by Nichols, M.P. & Davis, S. © 2021 12th Ebook Only edition ISBN 9780136911814 Pearson Education Inc.
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