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Marriage and Family Counseling - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Let our professional and experienced instructors introduce you to the variety of theoretical approaches marriage and family counselors have at their disposal. You can also explore the issues facing family structures of all types and the techniques counselors use to address them. By the end of this chapter, you should be familiar with how marriage and family counseling is affected by:
- Counseling and family systems theories
- Stages in the family life cycle
- Types of family structures
- Effects of child abuse and neglect
|Marriage and Couples Counseling Theories||Introduces the processes involved in marriage and couples counseling and discusses the place of psychoanalytic, social-cognitive and structural-strategic counseling theories. Lesson content also explains the issues that arise when one partner seeks counseling and the other is unwilling.|
|The Process of Family Counseling||Defines the term 'family system' and discusses Bowen family systems theory, psychodynamic family theory, experiential family counseling, behavioral family counseling and structural family theory. The uses of strategic and solution-focused theories are also discussed.|
|The Family Life Cycle: Definition, Stages & Theory||Explains stages in the family life cycle and shows how family cohesion and family adaptability relate to the counseling process. Comparisons between personal development and family development stages are also provided.|
|Issues with Changing Family Patterns||Discusses how family counseling theories are based on a traditional nuclear family, which differs from many contemporary family structures. Lesson content covers the issues unique to dual-career families, single-parent families and remarried or blended families and shows how they affect the counseling approach.|
|Child Abuse and Neglect: 4 Major Types, Characteristics & Effects||Introduces the 4 major types of child abuse and neglect and explains their effects on both children and families. The adult outcomes of abuse victims with and without childhood intervention are covered as well. Lesson content also describes how counseling in families where abuse has occurred differs from non-abusive family therapy.|
1. Marriage and Couples Counseling Theories
When a couple enters counseling, their counselor can hold various theoretical approaches that will guide evaluation and treatment. In this lesson, we will look at three common ones: psychoanalytic, social-cognitive, and strategic-structural.
2. The Process of Family Counseling
Counseling a family requires understanding of both individual and family patterns. This lesson explains several theoretical approaches that guide counselors in assessing family problems and treating them.
3. The Family Life Cycle: Definition, Stages & Theory
What kind of phases does a family typically go through? In this lesson, we will examine the family life cycle, as well as learn about two measurements for family health: cohesion and adaptability.
4. Issues with Changing Family Patterns
Families have changed a great deal over time. In this lesson, we'll look at dual career, single parent, and blended families. We'll consider the unique issues each can present.
5. Child Abuse and Neglect: 4 Major Types, Characteristics & Effects
Child abuse is a major problem in our world today. Counselors must be educated in the topic, particularly the four types of abuse, their effects, and what to focus on in therapy.
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Other chapters within the Counseling 101: Fundamentals of Counseling course
- The History of Counseling and Psychotherapy
- The Professional Counselor
- The Counseling Process
- Theoretical Approaches in Counseling
- Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling
- Human Growth and Development in Counseling
- School Counseling
- Mental Health, Substance Abuse & Rehabilitation Counseling
- Social and Cultural Elements of Counseling
- Career Counseling
- Group Counseling