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SWK 4639H Special Topics in Child and Family Social Work: Advanced Topics in Family Therapy - Elective

The course will conceptualize the link between theory and the development of micro-clinical skills.  The theoretical link will include a focus on brief family therapy to be able to begin and end the clinical work within the session.  Micro-clinical skills (concrete actions) to be developed may be flexible depending on the family’s unique circumstances and are based in the following theoretical interventions (those processes in which the clinician engages the family to create change): engagement and developing a therapeutic alliance, formulating goals for work, the distinctive aspects of managing a family system in contrast to individual therapy models, working with intense affect in sessions, work with silence in sessions, engaging a reluctant family member, working through impasses in the alliance and in the clinical work.  Many other topics will present themselves, again depending on the particular family’s issues.