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Janine Jones
EDPSY 550
Seattle Campus

Family Counseling

Introduction to family counseling theory and practice, emphasizing family dynamics and communication analysis. Prerequisite: graduate standing in school psychology or permission of instructor. Offered: W.

Class description

This class is a one quarter course that includes learning experiences related to counseling families. The course includes an introduction to family counseling theory and practice with emphasis on family dynamics and communication analysis. The course is designed to cover the major psychotherapeutic orientations and techniques related to family systems, marital relationships, and communication theory.

Course Objectives: 1. The student will learn to use genograms as a form of assessment of family functioning and as a guide for clinical treatment. 2. The student will become familiar with a variety of traditional family therapy models. 3. The student will work collaboratively with a small group to present the implementation of an additional model of family therapy. 4. Each student will develop an acute understanding of at least one family therapy model and apply its use in a case study.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The course material will be presented in a seminar format. Lectures as well as interactive exercises and case discussion will occur each week.

Recommended preparation

Graduate level psychology courses. An understanding that the course is designed for learning theory and practice of family therapy through the lens of working with children.

Class assignments and grading

Genogram assignment, presentation/ case study, and group project

Attendance and participation Genogram Presentation/case study report Group project (group member evaluation)


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Janine Jones
Date: 01/01/2005