PY-380 : Family Counseling

Academic Level:
Undergraduate
Department:
Psychology
Subject:
Psychology
Corequisites:
None
Credits:
3
An overview of the fundamental concepts of general systems theory from which family therapy has developed. Although principles from other major theories are discussed, the primary theoretical approach taught is communications. The emphasis is on looking at dysfunctional aspects of family systems and observing rigid, repetitive sequences of behavior, the crossing of hierarchical levels of organization, the lack of clear individual and family boundaries, and pathological verbal and nonverbal communication patterns. Family dynamics and stages of family development are discussed as these relate to and influence the individual development of each family member. 3 credits PREREQUISITE: PY 285.