MFT605 Individual and Family Lifespan and Development (3 cr.)
Prerequisite(s): Pre/Co-requisites: admission to the MFT program
This course explores the biopsychosocial development and transitions across the individual and family lifespan. The course focuses on the relational, systemic, and generational effects of physical, cognitive, social, emotional, cultural, and gender development. Developmental theories are examined through a systemic lens.
Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:
- Understand the systematic nature of the patterns of growth and development in all human beings.
- Examine the developmental tasks which the individual must master at each stage of lifespan development.
- Analyze the effects of social, familial, cultural, and historical effects on development and functioning.
- Apply principles of development to the understanding of individual behavioral reactions.
- Analyze content from scholarly writings and mainstream press as they relate to the course content.
- Evaluate risk and protective factors of development from a systemic perspective.
- Integrate and apply understanding of attachment and developmental theories through a systemic lens.
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