Course Description

In this course we will examine the similarities and differences among the early systemic versions of family therapy and some of the approaches labeled post-structural or postmodern. We will do this by discussing the principles of post-structural family therapy approaches, their theoretical and philosophical roots, various types of post-structural approaches, and several specific real-world applications. Activities will include synchronous presentations and discussions along with asynchronous partner work and postings/responses on D2L.

Course Details

Learning Objectives:

1. Recognize the influence of post-structural thinking/conceptualizing on family therapy practices.

2. Understand how practices with families and communities are linked with societal discourses and macro processes/influences.

3. Understand how post-structural family therapy practices address social inequalities.

4. Be able to distinguish and articulate various types of post-structural family therapy approaches.

5. Appreciate the challenges faced by post-structural family therapy approaches when being utilized in contemporary front-line practice.

6. Identify places for further development/innovation of post-structural family therapy approaches.

7. Locate your own practice preferences within the set of post-structural family therapy approaches.

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