Singapore University of Social Sciences

Couple and Family Therapy

Couple and Family Therapy (COU507)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Social Services

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


This course provides an overview of a systemic theoretical framework in couple and family therapy (CFT). It seeks to address contemporary couple and family relationships/issues from the different approaches in couple and family therapy. It also focuses on the “Person-of-the-Therapist” in relation to CFT, as well as an experiential learning module with hands-on training in class.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July


  • Understanding of Couple and Family Relationship
  • Introduction to Systemic Family Therapy
  • Person-of-the-Therapist (POTT)
  • The Craft of Family Therapy
  • The Four-Step Model of Couple and Family Assessment/Therapy
  • Gottman Couples Therapy

Learning Outcome

  • Appraise the understanding of couple and family relationship/issues within the local context.
  • Discuss the systemic theoretical framework as it pertains and applies to couple and family therapy.
  • Compare and contrast the different approaches in couple and family therapy in terms of their underlying philosophies, case formulation and intervention techniques.
  • Demonstrate the use of the Person-of-the-Therapist Model in relation to couple and family therapy.
  • Evaluate the skills for couple/family assessment and intervention that are suitable for the local context.
  • Examine the values and ethical practices in couple and family therapy
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