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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Coopersmith Career Consulting | Evaluated Learning Experience

Family Therapy (PSY-306)


Varies (self-study; self-paced). 

Various; distance learning format.

August 2018 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: examine the social context of family therapy; analyze the circumstances that led to the development of family therapy; list the founders and their theories of family therapy; analyze the basic techniques for the different therapy styles; compare the foundational therapies of cybernetics, system theory, social constructionism and attachment theory; investigate the classic schools of family therapy: Bowen, strategic, structural, experiential, psychoanalytic and cognitive-behavioral family therapy; describe the recent developments in family therapy; compare and contrast the views of different models in family development; and analyze the gap between clinical practice and scientific research for a basic understanding of the methods family researchers use to empirically test their ideas.


This course explores the history and contemporary practice of the family therapy field and emphasizes ideas and techniques with a clear focus on clinical practice, while encouraging students to explore the history, the classic schools, and the latest developments in the field.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Social Sciences, Social Work, Psychology, or Counseling (8/18) (5/23 revalidation).