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Course Description

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Examine three major post-modern theories that continue to shape the field of family therapy. Gain a brief historical overview of the shift from modernism to post-modernism, exploring the philosophy, theory and application of Collaborative, Narrative and Solution-Focused Therapies. Integration of these models with other models of family therapy will be considered, as well as some wider application to community-based work.

The course models what it teaches, emphasizing a collaborative approach to teaching and learning. You are invited to take part in a variety of active learning methods, including didactic presentation, discussion, practice exercises, role play, debate, and video demonstration. You will be encouraged to reflect on course content and discuss how theories presented can be integrated into your own practice.

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 CACFT and AAMFT as a couple/marriage and family therapy course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Communicate a historical perspective on foundational family systems models, identifying more recent models that have evolved
  • Demonstrate skills in critically analyzing and comparing models of family therapy with respect to your theoretical assumptions, practical application, and your biases and limitations
  • Convey awareness of your own personal values and preferences regarding therapy and articulate the ways in which aspects of various models might be integrated into your own therapeutic practice

Course Topics

  • Course Overview, Historical Context, Introduction to Social Construction
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Collaborative Therapy
  • Debate, Integration & Critique

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 contact our main office.
  • 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 Item Weight
Class Participation  10%
Online Discussions 20
Class Debate 15%
Reflective Journal 15%
Integrated Paper 40%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.

Sponsoring Partner

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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