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Couples Counseling

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This course provides students with intensive skill building in working with couples using current developmental and systemic modes. The relationships between theory, interventions, and treatment goals are addressed including communication strategies, managing stress and conflict, and effectively promoting decision-making and problem-solving strategies. Students practice and demonstrate these skills using culturally-diverse case studies.

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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    Interventions: Communication Training and Conflict Resolution Strategies in Common Relationship Issues

    • Demonstrate conflict resolution training as an intervention
    • Apply interventions to common relationship problems
    • Demonstrate communication training as an intervention

    Interventions: Communication and Conflict Resolution Strategies in Intimacy and Infidelity and Addictions

    • Apply interventions to couples with intimacy and infidelity issues
    • Apply interventions to couples with addiction issues

    Communication and Conflict Resolution Strategies: Blending couples

    • Apply interventions to couples in blended relationships

    Communication and Conflict Resolution Strategies: Divorce

    • Differentiate between being a mediator and a therapist and specify the characteristics of each role
    • Describe and demonstrate the steps of mediation
    • Demonstrate therapeutic interventions in a divorcing couple

    Assessment Strategies

    • Demonstrate specific interventions to meet collaborative goals
    • Identify individual goals and establish collaborative goals
    • Evaluate progress and assist the couple in developing effective maintenance strategies

    Overview of Couples Work

    • Identify the normal phases of couples' therapy
    • Develop the therapist's perspective about the nature of diversity in a cultural context
    • Define couples' therapy and distinguish what makes couples work different from individual or family therapy

    Ethics of Couples Therapy

    • Discuss confidentiality issues unique to couples work
    • Assess cultural competency in light of scope of practice
    • Identify the issues that contribute to transference and countertransference and develop appropriate responses

    Premarital Counseling

    • Describe the process of premarital counseling
    • Articulate the benefits of premarital counseling
    • Compare and contrast premarital counseling to counseling couples in crisis
    • Distinguish the treatment process by the type of couple
    • Identify and describe the various religious and secular programs available
    • Evaluate the research on the effectiveness of premarital counseling

    Goal Setting and Treatment Planning

    • Identify individual goals and establish collaborative goals
    • Demonstrate specific interventions to meet collaborative goals
    • Evaluate progress and assist the couple in developing effective maintenance strategies
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