PSY 509 Theories of Marriage and Family

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PSY 509 Theories of Marriage and Family

3 Semester Units

Theories of marriage and family explores all major schools and developments in family therapy, and includes brief biographies of some of the leading family therapists of the twentieth century. Current research and developments in the field are covered, and trends in family therapy are presented. Ethical standards for the practice of marriage and family therapy are also included.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Examine the context of family therapy, including its foundations, evolution, and major concepts.
  • Evaluate the concepts and techniques used in classic schools of family therapy.
  • Analyze new developments and techniques in family therapy.
  • Assess the research methods used in the area of family therapy.


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