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)

After completing the course, students should be able to:

1. demonstrate understanding of the full scope of family therapy, its history, the classical schools and the latest developments;
2. provide an overview of the evolving viewpoints, values, intervention techniques, and goals of family therapy and counselling;
3. describe a wider conceptual framework for understanding human behaviour;
4. show understanding and insight into the role one’s family of origin and current family dynamics that play in the development and maintenance of beliefs, values, and behaviour patterns;
5. demonstrate familiarity  with the design and the use of the family genogram;
6. present detailed examination of some major theories and approaches in marriage and family counselling;
7. discuss the dynamics of family interactions and communications and the potentials that human beings have for solving problems within the family context;
8. demonstrate recognition of the common issues and problems in marriages and families in terms of family strengths and resilience rather than pathology; and
9. identify their own values, cultural diversity and personal problems related to marriage and family.
Assessment Tasks
Personal Paper
Group Project and Presentations
Individual Scholarly Paper
Class Quizzes
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