Singapore University of Social Sciences

Systemic Family Therapy

Systemic Family Therapy (COU517)

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 JAN


  • Introduction to systemic family therapy
  • Evolution and advances of systemic family therapy
  • Fundamental paradigms and concepts in systemic family therapy
  • Fundamental clinical processes and steps in systemic family therapy
  • Compare and contrast major couple and family approaches
  • Engagement strategies in couple and family therapy
  • Formulation and assessment in couple and family therapy
  • Interventions in couple and family therapy
  • Evaluation of couple and family therapy
  • Localization of couple and family therapy
  • Applications with different populations, issues and problems
  • Professional development and integration

Learning Outcome

  • Appraise the evolution and theoretical framework of couple and family therapy.
  • Compare and contrast different approaches in couple and family therapy.
  • Examine the professional and ethical practices in couple and family therapy.
  • Design couple and family assessment appropriate for local context
  • Evaluate appropriate systemic couple and family interventions suitable for the local context.
  • Support personal and professional development and integration in working with couples and families.
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