Introduction to Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling
Counselors seeking to work with couples and families must understand the changing landscape of family dynamics and the diverse perspectives through which they must practice. Students in this course are introduced to the specialty area of marriage, couple, and family counseling, and they receive an orientation to professional organizations, preparation standards, credentials relevant to the specialty area, and legal and ethical issues. Students explore the history, philosophy, and trends in marriage, couple, and family counseling and examine a variety of theoretical perspectives, techniques, and related concepts, such as systems, family development, wellness, and family lifecycle. Through topical literature, case studies, and shared experiences, students assess societal trends and treatment issues related to working with multicultural and diverse family systems. They also consider future trends and potential challenges in the field.