mfcc561 | Graduate

Family Interventions

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This course introduces fundamental concepts and practices that underlie couples and family therapy in human systems. It teaches an integrative approach to the treatment of the broad range of presenting problems that arise within marriage and family relationships. The course will introduce culture-specific interventions used for the treatment of culturally different families.



This graduate-level course is 6 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6 weeks

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    Collaboration in Family Therapy

    • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of co-therapy and co-therapy strategies used within sessions.

    • Explain the significance of teaming with other professionals.
    • Describe the termination processes in family therapy.

    Theoretical Foundations for Family Therapy

    • Distinguish between individually oriented and family oriented themes and dynamics.
    • Describe the characteristics of systems and cybernetic perspectives.

    • Explain how theoretical orientation and personal characteristics influence the role of the therapist.

    • Describe the role of gender and cultural concerns in family therapy and human development.

    General Concepts, Themes, and Processes

    • Describe the process a therapist uses to build a therapeutic alliance with all family members.

    • Explain the authoritarian, authoritative, and permissive forms of parenting as they relate to family therapy.
    • Identify the differences between family therapy with a biological family and a stepfamily.

    • Analyze attachment processes and the impact on the family system.

    Family Assessment Techniques and Treatment Planning

    • describe the various roles, subsystems, and double binds that present in a family structure.

    • Identify family intervention and assessment strategies used with spousal, partner, and same-gender abuse.

    • Explain the family treatment planning process, including identifying goals, monitoring progress, and working with the concept of the identified patient.

    • Define circular causality and describe how to identify cycles in family interactions.

    Basic Intervention Techniques

    • Compare interventions and techniques for experiential, solution-focused, and postmodern therapies.

    • Describe the use of deconstruction and externalization in the postmodern model.

    • Apply cognitive behavioral techniques to family therapy.

    Advanced Intervention Techniques

    • Apply structural and strategic family therapy to diverse families.

    • Explain the importance of understanding human behavior within the social context of representative cultures in the region.

    • Identify intervention techniques used in subsystems and double binds that present in a family structure.

    • Explain the use of paradox in family therapy.
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