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Course Description

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Increase your understanding of the systemic dynamics of families in transition and strengthen your clinical skills in working with families who are engaged in these transitions—including separation and divorce, remarriage, blended family and other forms of parenting, illness, death and loss, domestic violence, grandparents raising their grandchildren, and multi-generational families.

Attention will also be given to some transitions that have either been marginalized, or which have become increasingly relevant to diverse, multicultural populations. These include transitions related to gender and sexuality, migration and refugee experiences, and military service.

The focus will be on the impact of these transitions on family relationships, as well as the therapeutic implications for working with such changing family systems.

An appreciation for inclusivity and contextual thinking will assist you in utilizing various systemic therapeutic approaches in an integrated framework for working with transitions faced by couples and families.

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:

  • Communicate a clinical understanding of situations involving couples and families who are experiencing various types of transitions
  • Apply therapeutic approach(es) to working with couples and families who are experiencing various forms of transitions
  • Demonstrate an ability to work therapeutically with various forms of couple and family transitions and with a diverse clientele
  • Recognize ways in which individual and family differences, as well as contextual factors, may intersect with clients’ experiences of transitions and the relevance of these intersections to the practice of therapy

Course Topics

  • Theoretical Perspectives
  • Positioning Ourselves to Respond Appropriately to Family Transitions
  • Separation and Divorce
  • Co-parenting
  • Remarriage, Step Parenting and Blended Families
  • Single Parenting
  • Adoption
  • Foster Parenting
  • Domestic Violence
  • Death and Loss
  • Illness
  • Sexuality
  • Other Family Transitions
  • Grand-parenting and Multigenerational Families
  • Resilience

Additional Requirements

  • 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 Item Weight
Class Attendance and Participation 20%
Case Presentation (Group) 20%
Exploring Your Family Transitions 25%
Major 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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Section Title
Couples and Families in Transition
Remote Instruction
8:30AM to 5:30PM
November 20, 2020
Remote Instruction
8:30AM to 5:30PM
November 26, 2020
Remote Instruction
8:30AM to 5:30PM
November 27, 2020
Remote Instruction
8:30AM to 5:30PM
December 04, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Virtual
Delivery Options
Remote Instruction  
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Potential Discount(s)
Section Notes

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

Course registration closes Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Remote Delivery Orientation (Zoom & CourseLink): Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. ET (Optional; Highly 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. 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:

  • 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

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