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PSYC 5183
Special Topics
Class hours: 3
Lab hours:
Semesters Available: Fall and Spring
Years Available: All
Students will be introduced to theory- and practice-specific content related to marriage and family therapy. Students will complete at least 2 special topics courses, as the content will change each semester. This will allow multiple instructors to teach an area of expertise, and will give students the opportunity to develop skills from a variety of clinical approaches. Examples of special topics courses include but are not limited to:

Brief/Solution-Focused & Communication Approaches to MFT
Students examine theoretical foundations, basic principles, assessment techniques, and intervention strategies of these three major schools of marriage and family therapy: Brief, Solution-Focused, and the Communication Approach to marriage and family counseling. The course is taught from a systems theory perspective and in the context of a Christian worldview.

Structural & Behavioral Marriage & Family Therapy
Students examine theoretical foundations, basic principles, assessment techniques, and intervention strategies of these two major schools of marriage and family therapy: Structural MFT and Behavioral MFT. The role of the marriage and family counselor in a variety of practice settings and in relation to other helping professions is discussed. The course is taught from a systems theory perspective and in the context of a Christian worldview.

Contextual, Narrative & Interpersonal Therapies
Students examine theoretical foundations, basic principles, assessment techniques, and intervention strategies of these three major schools of counseling: Contextual Marriage and Family Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy. The course is taught from a systems theory perspective and in the context of a Christian worldview.

Addictions Counseling
This course introduces students to treatment literature and practices relevant to a wide variety of impulse control disorders. Treatment programs (inpatient and outpatient settings) that focus on substance abuse will receive the majority of attention. Instructors provide direct applications to mental health and marital and family counseling.




1 program requires this course.
No courses require this as a prerequisite or corequisite.