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 CAMFT and 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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
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