Mar 31, 2023  
Academic Catalog 2022-2023 
Academic Catalog 2022-2023
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IECD-566 Family Systems Theory and Functioning

4 semester credits

This course provides basic background information on the history, as well as the different developmental models and theoretical constructs involved in understanding the different aspects of family functioning–especially parental development over time–and their impact on child development during infancy and early childhood, with an emphasis on typical parental functioning. The course combines lectures, reading materials, and videotaped examples to achieve its learning objectives.
Delivery Method: Online
Grading Default: Letter
Learning Outcome(s):  

Students successfully completing this course will be able to:

  1. Describe the basic concepts of parent development among typically developing adults (to serve as a template and backdrop for later understandings of developing pathology).
  2. Recognize the early parent-child relationship as a unit of development, observation, assessment, and intervention.
  3. Recognize the all-important role of state and self- and mutual regulation among all participants in our work, clinician-parent, parent-parent, and parent-child.
  4. Appreciate the roles of parallel process, and of reflection and reflective supervision.
  5. Be aware, sensitive, and informed about realities of family systems in different cultures.
  6. Explain the basics of family systems theory.
  7. Apply enhanced learning skills in the work environment.
  8. Develop a clinical understanding of the importance of a strength-based focus.
  9. Possess greater insight into how to reach the hard-to-reach parent.
  10. Recall the names and describe the salient ideas of several important contributors to the fields of adult and parent development, including those who initiated ecological and family systems perspectives.

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