Theories of Family Therapy (541IS)

Course Memo

This course provides basic information about theory and the earlier history of the various theories that have impacted the study of Family as a discipline. The conceptual frameworks such as family systems theory (via general systems theory), family development, symbolic interaction, communication, human ecology, feminist, and the biosocial theories are reviewed. Key concepts and basic assumptions will be identified to assist the learner in understanding and conceptualizing core components of the Family Science discipline. The course is designed to teach how to integrate Adlerian Individual Psychology with Family Systems Therapy. This course will present a broad overview of this approach and information about key concepts, theorists, and practitioners in the field. By comparing and contrasting Adlerian with family systems theory styles of practice, students will become more effective with clients.