Family Systems Therapy

School of Professional Psychology and Health CMHW 5045 3.00

Presents a history of family systems, related psychotherapies, and their application in community clinical settings. Offers a historical perspective beginning with Murray Bowen’s research through the development of evidence-based and culturally appropriate theory and practice for the families of California today, including the application of counseling constructs, assessment and treatment planning, clinical interventions, therapeutic relationships, psychopathology, and other clinical topics. Case materials present the impacts of culture, race, sexual orientation, and gender identity on family development and process. The effects of poverty, class, and immigration will be analyzed and addressed as therapeutic opportunities and challenges. Student will experience and practice multiple methods of evaluation and the implementation of evidence-based practices in community mental health settings. Examines relationships between family systems therapy and other clinical theories. CMHW student

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