Singapore University of Social Sciences

Minuchin Family Therapy

Minuchin Family Therapy (COU566)

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


The module is designed for gaining a deeper theoretical knowledge of the Four-step Model developed by Salvador Minuchin and colleagues, and its application in family therapy. Using video segments of family interviews, the course will cover the theoretical bases, conceptual frameworks, and skills in marriage and family therapy. A unique feature of the module lies in its heavy emphasis on clinical data in raising students’ awareness of theoretical application to clinical practice. The module also focuses on the therapist’s style, and utilising the family therapist’s pouch in the family session.

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


  • Assessing Families: From Symptoms To Systems
  • Step One: Surfacing the Presenting Problem
  • Step Two: Highlighting Problem-maintaining Interactions
  • Step Three: A Structurally-focused Exploration of the Past
  • Step Four: An Exploration of Alternative Ways of Relating
  • Using Four-step Model with Children, Adolescents and Couples
  • Using Four-step Model with Psychosomatic Cases
  • Working with Trans-generational Families
  • Working with Larger Systems
  • A Dance with the Family
  • The Therapist’s Style
  • Utilising the Family Therapist’s Pouch

Learning Outcome

  • Examine the philosophical and theoretical concepts underpinning the Four-step Model
  • Appraise the processes involved in the Four-step Model in a given clinical case/ setting
  • Organise the Four-step Model and the craft of family therapy into the therapist’s clinical practice
  • Demonstrate how to surface the presenting problem, and highlight the problem-maintaining patterns
  • Develop skills in focusing on exploration of the past regarding family-of-origin
  • Apply the clinical skills in exploring alternative ways of relating in the family interactions
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