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Theories of Family Systems and Intervention

This course presents a brief history of the helping professions in relation to family interventions. Theories of family systems are presented; well functioning and dysfunctional families are examined. Different models of the family are treated. S

Faculté des sciences humaines >> Counselling et spiritualité

Minimiser l'horraire Horaire du cours pour la session : Automne 2017
Section Horaire Jour Endroit Professeur
Cours magistral
IPA 5138 000
Cours offert en anglais
06 septembre - 06 décembre Mardi 13:30 - 16:30 GIG101 Martin Rovers

This course presents a history of the family systems theories with individuals, couples, and families with a major focus on advanced family systems theories and interventions. Theories covered include Structural, Strategic, Bowen, Narrative, Solution Focused and more. Attention is paid to assessment of functional and dysfunctional family systems. The student/practitioner will learn interviewing, assessment and restructuring techniques, and how to explore family rules, systems, values and boundaries.

  1. To provide an overview of theory, practice, and research in family system theories.
  2. To provide the advanced tenets and concepts of each theoretical model.
  3. To present and practice various assessment and advanced intervention models of couple and family therapy, including conceptualization of client issues, nature of the counselling alliance, process of counselling, and techniques.
  4. Enable students to “know thyself” through a concerted research of their own family of origin system, explore their own professional self-identity, situate     growth and development of their own skills and knowledge within significant family of origin and peer relationships.
  5. To research and search deeper into one aspect of couple and family therapy that is of particular interest to each student by means of a seminar presentation
  6. To discuss and incorporate spiritual and religious dimensions and issues in couple and family therapy.
Charge de travail

1)     Genogram: 2- 3 pages.

A personal or case study that includes a family of origin, three generation (children, parents, grandparents) genogram. The main goal of this exercise is for students to create, interpret and work with genograms as a counselling assessment tool and to learn about family dynamics.  You will draw a one page genogram and design three multigenerational patterns / wounds / issues (5 points). The other page(s) (double spaced) will be a brief statement of 2-3 family psychological issues you glean from the genogram (5 points)..

Value: 10%

2)     My Attachment Style: 2-3 pages.

Using my genogram, I will do an Adult Attachment Interview (AAI) on myself (or my client) as well as The Close Relationship Test (CRT) online and determine my own (or the client’s) attachment style, and comment if this makes sense to me in terms of my (my client’s) close relationships with parents and partners. One page will be the CRT experience (5 points) and one page on my AAI interview experience, and which attachment style best describes me (or my client) (5 points).

Value: 10%

3)     My Wound Poem: 1-2 pages

Using the model found in Rovers (2005), or on www.capitalchoicecounselling.com (Resources / Poems) student will write their own 2-3 page wound poem covering both wounds in their life as well as directions for hope and healing. Points are given for a heartfelt poem and creativity in writing style (5 points), and therapeutic hope (5 Points).

Value 10%

4)     A major 12 page, double spaced, paper

Compare and contrast two theories / approaches within the family systems field. The paper will outline; 1), some of the main tenets of each theory and their approach to therapy (10 points: about 3-4 pages): 2): the application of the two theories to the same case study (30 points 4-6 pages). Introduce a case; present a 2 page verbatim of one session of you as therapist with this case, and how you would do the therapy from the two different theoretical approaches; and 3) compare and contrast aspects of what these theories have in common and how they differ in their approach to therapy and especially this case from your own perspective (20 points: 3-4 pages). At least 10 -12 references are expected.

Value: 60%

5)      Integration Seminar:

For each week, keep a running journal …just a few lines … in which you comment on the following: 1) Date of lecture; 2) my better learning of this week’s lecture; 3) the best line I heard in the lecture of the past week; and 4) a question or further area of study for me that comes to mind from this past lecture. Reflections from this journal are to be shared on the last class as an integration seminar, and then passed in to the professor.

Value 10%

6)     Class participation, in terms of being emotionally present, engaged in small group and class discussion, questions after student seminars, report of articles read that are of interest to the topic, etc. Participation is not measured by words spoken but by depth of content.


see workload above.

Lecture obligatoire


Gehart, D. (2014) Mastering Competencies in Family Therapy: A Practical Approach to Theories and Clinical Case Documentation. Brooks/Cole.

Rovers, M.W. (2005). Healing the Wounds in Couple Relationships. Kindle Edition

McGoldrick, M., & Gerson, R. (1985). Genograms in Family Assessment. New York: W.W. Norton.

Mikulincer, M. & Shaver, P. (2007). Attachment in Adulthood: Structure, Dynamics, and Change. New York: The Guilford Press.

Greenberg, Leslie S. & Goldman, R.N. (2008). Emotion-Focused Couple Therapy: The Dynamics of Emotion, Love, and Power. Washington: American Psychological Association.

Soloman, M & Tatkin, S. (2011). Love and War in Intimate relationships: Connecting, Disconnecting, and Mutual Regulation in Couple Therapy. WW.Norton & Comp: New York

Tatkin, S. (2011). Wired for Love. New Harbinger Publications, Inc: Oakland, CA.


Abrahms-Spring, J. (1993). After the Affair: Healing the pain and rebuilding the trust when a partner has been unfaithful. New York: HarperPerennial.

Bosscolo. L., Cecchin, G., Hoffman, L., & Penn, P. (1987). Milan Systemic Family Therapy. New York; Basic Books.

Bowen, M. (1978). Family Therapy in Clinical Practice. New York: Jason Aronson.

Bowlby, J. (1988). A Secure Base. Clinical Application of Attachment Theory. London: Routledge.

Cade, B. & O’Hamlon, W.H. (1993). A Brief Guide to Brief Therapy. New York: W.W. Horton & Company.

Carter, B. & McGoldrick, M. (1999). Overview: The expanded family life cycle: Individual, family and social perspectives. In B. Carter & M. McGoldrick (Eds.) The Expanded Family Life Cycle: Individual, Family and Social Perspectives. Boston: Allyn & Beacon.

Cassidy, J. & Shaver, P.R. (1999). Handbook of Attachment: Theory, Research, and Applications. New York: The Guilford Press.

DeSchaffart, E. & Rovers, M: (2014) Forgive & Forget? The Need to Feel Valued in the Process of Forgiveness. In O’Connor, T. et al: in

Psychotherapy: Cure of the Soul. Waterloo Lutheran Seminary Press.

Erikson, Joan M. (1997). The Life Cycle Completed. New York: W.W. Horton & Company.

Goldner, V. (1985). Feminism and family therapy. Family Process, 24, 31-47

Gurman, A.S., & Jacobson, N.S. (2002). Clinical Handbook for Couple Therapy. Wadsworth Publishing Company.

Hazan, C., & Shavar, P.R. (1987). Romantic love conceptualized as an attachment process. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 52, 511-524.

Hendrix, H. (1988).Getting the Love you Want: A Guide for Couples. New York: HarperPerennial.

Hoffman, L. (2002). Family Therapy: An Intimate History. New York: W.W. Norton

Johnson, S. (1996). Creating Connections: The Practice of Emotionally Focused      Therapy. Levittown,P.A.: Brunner/Mazel.

Kerr, M.E., & Bowen, M. (1988).  Family Evaluation.  New York: Norton.

Lerner, H.G. (1989). The Dance of Intimacy. New York: Harper & Row.

Levine, M.D., & Heller, M.A. (2010). Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment. New York: Penguin

Lucas, M. (2012). Rewire Your Brain for Love: Creating Vibrant Relationships Using the Science of Mindfulness. CA: Hay House, Inc.

Lysack, M. (2003). When the sacred shows through: Narratives and reflecting teams in counsellor education. Pastoral Sciences, 22(1), 155-146.

Madsen, W. (1999). Collaborative Therapy with Multi-stressed Families. New York: Guildford Press.

Meier, A & Rovers, M. (2011). The Helping Relationship in Community Context. University of Ottawa Press.

Mikulincer, M. & Shaver, P. (2007). Attachment in Adulthood: Structure, Dynamics, and Change. New York: The Guilford Press.

Minuchin, Salvador (1974 / 2012) Families and Family Therapy. New York: Routledge.

Pare, D. (1995). Of families and other cultures: The shifting paradigm of family therapy. Family Process, 34, 1-19.

Pargament, K. (2011). Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy: Understanding and Addressing the Sacred.

Rovers, M.W. (2004). Family of origin theory, Attachment theory, and the genogram: A new paradigm for couple therapy: Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy.

Rovers, M.W. (2006). Therapy with difficult couples: tools from Bowen Theory. In A. Meier & M. Rovers (Eds.). From Conflict to Reconciliation. Ottawa: Novalis Publication.

Rovers, M., Kocum, L., Briscor-Dimock. S., Coffey-Myers, P., Cotnam, S., Henry, T., Kwasniewski, E., & Sheppard, D., (2007) Choosing a Partner of Equal Differentiation: A New Paradigm Utilizing Similarity and Complementarity Measures. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy: 6: 1-24.

Satir, V. (1988). Peoplemaking. Palo Alto: Science and Behaviour Books.

Satir, V., Banmen, J., Gerber, J., & Gomori, M. (1991). The Satir model: Family therapy and beyond. Palo Alto, CA: Science and Behavior Books.

Simpson, J.A. & Rhodes, W.S. (1998). Attachment Theory and Close Relationships. New York: Guildford Press.

Skowron, E., Holmes, S., & Sabatelli, M. (2003). Deconstructing differentiation: Self regulation, interdependent relating, and well-being in adulthood. Contemporary Family Therapy, 25(1), 111-129.

Soloman, M. & Tatkin, S. (2011). Love and War in Intimate relationships: Connections, Disconnection, and Mutual Regulation in Couple Therapy> New York: Norton.

Tatkin, S. (2011). Wired for Love. Oakland: New Harboring Publications.

Titelman, P. (Ed.). (1998). Clinical Applications of Bowen Family Systems Theory. Binghamton, New York: The Haworth Press.

Toman, W. (1976). Family Constellation. New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Van Epp, J. (2007) How to Avoid Marrying a Jerk. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Walsh, F. (2009). Spiritual Resources in Family Therapy. Second edition. New York: The Guilford Press

Williamson, D. 1991). The Intimacy Paradox. New York; The Guilford Press

Information importante

This course is offered in class and online. Students in the Couple and Family Practicum need to take the in class course.

This course is acceptable for application to the American Association for Family Therapy.

Section Horaire Jour Endroit Professeur
Cours magistral
IPA 5138 W00
Cours offert en anglais
06 septembre - 06 décembre Mardi 13:30 - 16:30 En ligne Martin Rovers