MFT615 Multicultural Studies of the Family (3 cr.)
Prerequisite(s): MFT605, MFT620,
This course focuses on the study of culturally diverse couples and families with special emphasis on understanding the significance of cultural contexts in working with people of different cultures. Issues of racism, sexism, heterosexism, ageism, and other -isms are explored. Dynamics of power and privilege are explored. Strategies to prevent biases from interfering with therapeutic relationships are developed. Included is an exploration of various types of couples and families.
Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:
- Identify and describe a variety of forms of family diversity, including race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, age, development, sexual identity, physical health or ability, spirituality or religion, trauma exposure, life experience, family structure, communication style, etc.
- Define family ethnicity, and articulate its connection to related concepts such as culture, class, gender, and racism.
- Apply examples of diversity in families within ethnic groups to the practice of marriage and family therapy, evaluating how such diversity might lead to differential outcomes.
- Analyze and evaluate the dynamics and effects of racism, privilege, discrimination, and ignorance in our understanding of multiculturalism and cultural responsiveness.
- Create effective approaches for working with diverse families in marriage and family therapy settings.
- Describe gender roles and functions relate to various styles of family organization.
- Identify values and beliefs systems related to various family forms in order to serve family units that exceed personal experience or conflict with values or belief systems.
- Create a plan for developing a culturally affirming professional identity.
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