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Course Description

Review select models of couple therapy to deepen your knowledge of specific aspects of each model. Examine clinical applications to challenging situations, including circumstances of non-violent high conflict, and the complexities of sex, power, money and marginalization.

Expand your awareness of how ideologies and practices of power and privilege influence therapists, clients and the therapist/client relationship. Clinical situations will be provided in the areas of culture, race, gender, social class, sexual identity, and the like.

This course is taught from within a collaborative framework, is interactive, and uses a variety of teaching and learning processes in order to effectively translate theory into practice for contemporary couple therapists. You should anticipate that some discussions, interactive methods and assignments will require reflection on personal values, assumptions and experience. You are expected to bring a working knowledge of couple therapy theories and methods to the course.

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:

  • Demonstrate couple therapy theoretical knowledge and practical skills related to key aspects of narrative, social constructionist, systemic, and emotionally focused therapy for couples
  • Engage in critical analysis of couple therapy theories and practices
  • Consider differing perspectives on issues of social location, power, and oppression as they influence the therapeutic process
  • Evaluate your own couple practice and identify preferred approaches for working with clients
  • Exhibit advanced oral and written communication skills, as well as strengthened ability to engage in generative dialogues
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues and clients in a context where diverse and sometimes opposing views, complex explanations, and challenging dilemmas are part of the process

Additional Requirements

  • Prerequisite course: Theories and Methods of Couple Therapy
  • Note: If you wish to take the course but have not completed the prerequisite, please email Beverley Fretz, manager, program development.
  • 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
Choose Assignment A or B 55%
Questions about Readings 45%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.

Sponsoring Partner

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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