The Certificate in Couple and Family Therapy Studies
About the courses...
Courses in the Certificate in Couple and Family Therapy Studies cover the theory, concepts, and approaches of couple and family therapy practice.
These courses introduce the major theories and central concepts that form the foundations of couple, family, and marriage therapy. They focus on the historical development of systemic therapy and introduce several models of therapy, such as: Cognitive-Behavioural, Experiential, Bowenian, Contextual, Structural, Strategic and many other models. A comparative analysis of the various models assists students in placing the various therapy tools into an integrated framework.
These are interactive courses that use a variety of teaching and learning processes, including: exercises, role-plays, assignments, research papers, group work, and discussion, in order to effectively translate theories into practical methods for contemporary therapists. Participants should anticipate that many discussions and interactive methods will require reflection and sharing from personal experience with class members and the instructor.
These courses alone do not qualify one to become a couple and family therapist. It is strongly recommended that participants engage in their own program of clinical practice and supervision. Visit the OAMFT website for information about clinical supervision and clinical internship programs.
Required textbooks will be listed on the course outline and can be found on the Current Offerings page. All recommended textbooks can be purchased form the University of Guelph book store or ordered online through the University of Guelph Bookstore. Click on "Textbooks" and scroll down to "Couple and Family Therapy Studies" Select your course (coding will be on the course outline) and follow the payment instructions or confirmation letter.
A library card is issued and access is granted upon course start date. Most university libraries, including the University of Guelph’s, provide open access to books and journals for in-library use and sign out. You may have alumni privileges through your alma mater university for borrowing.
The Certificate courses are facilitated in English. In order to understand fully the course materials and increase your chance of success, we strongly suggest that you have an English proficiency equivalent to a score of 89 iBT (Internet-based TOEFL) with no band less than 21 or successful completion of the advanced level of the English Language Certificate Program at the University of Guelph.
Attendance is expected at all of the scheduled classes. A student who does not attend class regularly runs the risk of being unable to complete course requirements. Courses are 5 full days and start at 9:00 am – 5:00 pm daily. Courses are usually scheduled on weekdays or over a couple of weekends.
If you anticipate missing greater than 10% (3.5 hours) of class contact time, it is expected that you will make arrangements with the instructor to confirm how you intend to cover the missed material.
Each course will have at least two graded assignments. Due dates will be communicated by the instructor on the course outline. In the event that you are unable to meet an established deadline, discuss your situation with the instructor immediately, in advance of the due date, in order to negotiate an alternate deadline and procedures for submission. The instructor will advise the terms for all assignments, absences, and grading. Final course grades will be mailed to you by the Office of Open Learning
All course are taught on the University of Guelph campus in Guelph. Parking is available on a day basis, or by purchasing a book of passes. Parking access or parking is enforced Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Parking is free after 5:00 pm and on the weekends.
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