Expand your awareness of ideologies and practices of power in couple relationships and therapy. Explore multiple forms of power on clients, therapists, and the therapeutic relationship—including those related to colonialism, racism and white supremacy, misogyny, capitalism, and heteronormativity—and the assumptions and practices of couple therapy itself. Examine challenging clinical situations that bring processes of power to light, and reflect on the self of the therapist as a site of both power and resistance.
This course takes place at a moment in history when global events and social movements are forcing the couple therapy field to reckon with injustice in new ways. Given the rapidly changing social discourse and the field's slower responses to it, the course will evolve as necessary.
Class dialogues take place within a respectful and collaborative framework that values humility, bravery, and thoughtful discussion. This interactive course uses a variety of teaching and learning processes to help translate theory into practice for contemporary systemic therapists. Most discussions, interactive methods, and assignments 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 (See prerequisite below).
This course is typically recognized by CAMFT and AAMFT as a therapy course.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Identify and challenge the key assumptions, ideologies, and practices of power that organize the field of couple therapy and regulate the self and work of couple therapists
- Attend to the micro and macro workings of multiple forms of power, injustice and resistance in intimate relational life
- Interrupt, challenge and redirect circular patterns of power in intimate relationships, and facilitate dialogues about injustice and oppression that have the potential to bring forth accountability and reparation in the lives of clients
- Assumptions and Ideologies Underpinning Present Day Couple Therapy
- The Effects of Colonial Histories on Intimate Relationships and the Practice of Couple Therapy
- Couple Therapy as Both a 'Psy' Discipline and an Antidote to the 'Psy' Disciplines
- Couple Therapy Practices as Technologies of Power
- White Supremacy, Misogyny, Heteronormativity and Their Effects in Couple Therapy
- What Queer Theory, Feminism, Anti-Racist and Anti-Colonial Scholarship, and Post-Structural Thought Offer the Modern-Day Couple Therapist
- Using Focused Curiosity and Persistent Questioning to Challenge Oppressive Patterns and Practices Without Replicating Them
- How to Bring Forth Accountability, Reconciliation and Repair in the Aftermath of Harm
- 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.
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Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
*Course details are subject to change.