Course Number: 
60612

By focusing on the application of the family systems perspective with specific treatment populations, this course explores the intersection of theory and clinical practice in social work. Working within family systems perspectives, it is imperative the clinicians recognize the unique structures, needs, and situational factors impacting the family system when considering which of the potential interventions would best serve those seeking support. In this way, social work clinicians meet the needs of their families without narrowing their options to just one particular intervention. By considering specific treatment populations this course will explore how different family therapy approaches will best serve the unique needs of these treatment groups. This exploration will emphasize both the students' clinical experiences and current evidence-based literature. The family situations focused upon include: adoptive families, families with children under 5, families with mental illness, families with substance abuse, and divorced families. For each of these treatment groups, the course will examine issues of differences; including but not limited to, race, economic status, gender, sexual orientation, and age influence not only the presenting issues but the selection and application of intervention as well.