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Family Systems Theory


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Course level: Graduate

This course provides an overview of the development of family systems theory as a discipline and the therapeutic approaches that have emerged. Fundamental assumptions and concepts of general systems theory are introduced and contrasted with individual theories of psychology. The historic development of family systems thinking is explored. Evolving therapeutic models are introduced and contrasted with family systems concepts. In this course, students will explore the major systems theories’ approaches to diagnosis, treatment, and change and explore ethnic differences in family patterns and attitudes toward therapy. Critiques of systems theory and research issues are discussed.

What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

Definition of Family, Overview of Family Systems Approach, and Key Contributors

Psychoanalytic, Intergenerational, and Experiential Family Therapies

Strategic and Structural Family Therapy

Behavioral and Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches to Family Therapy

Postmodern Approaches, Including Feminism and Integrative Models to Family Therapy and Assessment

Trends and Issues of Family Systems Therapy


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