COU2653 Family Counseling

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COU2653 Family Counseling

This course provides a synopsis of the central beliefs and ideas of general systems theory and the underlying premises of theoretical directions within family therapy.  Students research the utilization of course material to their work environment or training path.  To grasp and apply family therapy approaches calls for you to make room for an “epistemological” change from individual to relational thinking.  Therefore, the target of this course will be on probing how we establish reality and think in ways that expedite relational arbitration with couples, families and organizational systems.

You will learn principle skills mandatory to be prosperous in the field of marriage and family counseling.  Accurate listening, compassion and interrogation skills will be expanded.  Studying the various ethics and issues related to helping in a multicultural situation is a worthwhile skill when engaged with people.  You will obtain knowledge of the core models of relational therapy.


This course is fashioned to open students to the major theoretical techniques to family counseling.  A powerful focal point of this course will be on the functional counseling skills and assessment, and clinical practice issues paramount to an integral approach to family counseling.  Students will have the occasion to role play in class and be in the role of therapist, family member, and consulting team members assimilating the lectures and reading into practiced skills.  Additionally, this course will demand students to look closely at their own family of origin.  By the end of this course, all students should:

  • Advance an opening knowledge of family process, family development, and the life cycle viewpoints that strengthen family functioning
  • Boost recognition for the influence that social content has on families and individuals and the significance of family systems on individuals that makes family arbitration relevant and useful
  • Expand beginning level skills in interviewing and assessing families in order to organize interventions
  • Enunciate an elementary awareness of family systems theory
  • Administer key family therapy skills during in-class presentations and in a concentrate conversation with a family
  • Detail families as specific cultural systems, installed in and affected by other sociocultural systems
  • Promote an introductory treatment procedure

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A CLC award signifies that the student has attained the knowledge, (through either prior education or experience), equal to or greater than the student would have learned in a traditional college course.”

“Based upon your CLC award, physical classroom attendance is not required; however, you will be required to successfully pass a final exam for each course.”

Based upon your HESEAP Application, you have received full-CLC for this course; therefore, this is a test-out course which does not include traditional education on the subject.

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