Department of Counselling and Psychology Course Outline
Course Title Family Therapy
Course Code COUN440
Number of Credits 3
Duration of Weeks 15
Contact Hours Per Week 2 hours Lecture; 1 hour Tutorial
Pre-requisite Course(s)
COUN200 Theories & Systems in Counselling and Psychotherapy
PSY120 Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Course Aims
This course aims to provide the students an overview of the main theories and intervention techniques of Family Therapy. It also introduces the ‘systemic’ way of thinking about people’s behaviour and experiences, and how it is different from a traditional focus on the individual in psychology. The course will focus on a number of different topics in the field of family therapy. These include: the history and developments in the establishment of family therapy as a field; system elements of families including family structure and patterns of communication and interaction, as well as assessments within family therapy, and a focus on working with families within the context of Hong Kong and Chinese culture.
Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOS)

Upon completion of this course student should be able to:

1. Discuss key approaches to family therapy, including their assumptions, concepts,
    goals, and techniques;
2. Describe the history and evolution of the field of family therapy, including
    contemporary issues;
3. Evaluate the appropriateness of key approaches within the context of contemporary
    Hong Kong and traditional Chinese culture;
4. Apply theoretical concepts and ideas for intervention to discussion of family cases;
5. Reflect on how their own experiences and values may influence their practice of
    family therapy.
Assessment Tasks
Class Quizzes
Group Presentation
Individual Scholarly Integrative Paper
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