Jun 07, 2023  
2020-2021 SGPP Catalog and Handbook 
2020-2021 SGPP Catalog and Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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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:

  1. Analyze and evaluate couple dynamics from a systemic perspective.
  2. Evaluate strengths and problem areas of relationships between partners/spouses.
  3. 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.
  4. Apply understanding of the role of the brain’s neural operation system and its importance in relationship dynamics and treating troubled relationships.
  5. Demonstrate therapeutic skills with couples through experiential activities.
  6. Identify and evaluate ethical considerations in couples work.



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