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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 typically recognized by AAMFT as a Therapy course and is designed for counsellors, therapists, social workers, mental health workers 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 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 one’s 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

Pre-requisite course: Theories & Methods of Couple Therapy

Note: If you wish to take the course but have not completed the pre-requisite, please contact Beverley Fretz, Manager, Program Development at bfretz@uoguelph.ca.

Assessment

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

*Course details are subject to change.

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Section Title
Advanced Therapy for Couple Relationships
Type
In-Class Instruction
Days
Friday
Time
8:30AM to 6:30PM
Dates
November 29, 2019
Type
In-Class Instruction
Days
Saturday
Time
8:30AM to 6:30PM
Dates
November 30, 2019
Type
In-Class Instruction
Days
Sunday
Time
8:30AM to 6:30PM
Dates
December 01, 2019
Type
In-Class Instruction
Days
Monday
Time
8:30AM to 6:30PM
Dates
December 02, 2019
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Location
  • Guelph
Delivery Options
Classroom  
Course Fee(s)
Potential Discount(s)
Instructors
Section Notes

Course registration closes Monday, November 25, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

The course is located at the University of Guelph, University Centre (UC) Room 441, Guelph, Ontario.

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Additional Notes

Additional course materials are available via the Courselink course website beginning Friday, November 8, 2019 at 12:01 p.m.

 

Section Materials
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) You are the one you’ve been waiting for: Bringing courageous love to intimate relationships. by Richard C. Schwartz © 2008 Center for Self Leadership (2008) ISBN 978-0615249322
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