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Courses - Fall 2023
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Ethical, Legal, and Professional Principles in Couple and Family Therapy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of SPHL-Family Science department.
Restriction: Must be in Couple and Family Therapy (Master's) program.
This course offers an introduction to the basic principles and practices in couple and family therapy. It covers major theoretical approaches to couple and family therapy, linking core concepts to practical aspects of assessment and treatment. Readings, didactic presentations by the instructor, and class discussions are designed to build students' knowledge of both generic therapy skills and specific techniques within each theoretical model. Emphasis is given to professional ethics, standards, and clinical skills/techniques necessary for the beginning family practitioner. Students become familiar with professional ethical codes as well as ethical decision-making models and how to apply them in clinical practice. In-class roleplays are used for practicing specific assessment and treatment methods, as well as for gaining experience in responding appropriately to a variety of common professional and ethical issues that arise in clinical practice.