MFT616 Therapy with Couples and Intimate Partners (3 cr.)
Prerequisite(s): MFT605 , MFT615 , MFT617 , MFT618 , MFT619
This course introduces historical, contextual, and clinical applications to relationships, including couples and couple systems. Relationships between diverse spouses/partners are explored and analyzed in order to create an understanding of the dynamics that enhance relationships from a therapeutic context. Issues regarding communication, conflict resolution, and emotional and behavioral interactions are included.
Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:
- Analyze and evaluate couple dynamics from a systemic perspective.
- Evaluate strengths and problem areas of relationships between partners/spouses.
- Identify and evaluate the effects of the following on couple dynamics and couples therapy: gender identity, life/relationship stage, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, culture, socioeconomic status, sexuality, psychiatric disorders, physical health and ability, etc., with special emphasis on cultural responsiveness.
- Apply understanding of the role of the brain’s neural operation system and its importance in relationship dynamics and treating troubled relationships.
- Demonstrate therapeutic skills with couples through experiential activities.
- Identify and evaluate ethical considerations in couples work.
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