Mental Health Counseling
This course recognizes the importance of the family and family counseling as a viable modality in the treatment of mental and emotional disorders. Major areas of study include the history and development of family counseling, classic and contemporary theoretical approaches, key concepts, skills and techniques used in the assessment and treatment of a family. Characteristics of healthy and dysfunctional family systems are explored as well as special concerns such as the impact of divorce, abuse, addictions, domestic violence, single-parent households, minority stress, poverty, etc. on a family system. The concept of family-of-origin and the use and development of a genogram is emphasized.
Prerequisite(s): MHC 6401, MHC 6402, MHC 6501, MHC 6502, and MHC 6505