Education G567


Summer, 1999 Intensive II

June 1 to 17

Daily 2:45 5:45 PM


1) Provide general knowledge of the following family therapy models:






Psycho dynamic

Cognitive Behavioral

2) Provide in depth knowledge of the Structural/Systemic models of family therapy.

3) Promote skill development in forming therapeutic systems for use in family intervention.

4) Promote skill development in restructuring techniques for use in family intervention.



1) Evaluation of abilities in formation of therapeutic systems and restructuring techniques will be carried out through several quizes.

2) Demonstration of knowledge of family therapy models will be through submission of a paper or observing, coding, and debriefing taped family counseling sessions.



This course will focus on specific skills in the diagnosis, assessment and treatment of family problems. The course will present strategies and tactics for family intervention. Students will observe and be quized regularly on the use of these strategies.


Theoretical Approach

The Couples and Family Counseling course you are taking offers information on many different theories and therapists. An extensive list of the models and a supplemental bibliography are included in this syllabus.

The primary difference between individual and family therapy is family therapy's use of the "systems" approach. This approach holds the tenets that a person is influenced in important ways by the family environment or system surrounding him or her. The communication patterns and interpersonal perceptions/expectations between the individuals in the system makeup a large portion the therapeutic focus. It should be remembered that the family does not exist as a island and that the family system is part of a larger social system that includes extended family, community norms, governmental and judicial frameworks and religious tenets. The primary goal of family therapy is to increase the functionality of the family system within both itself and the larger systems in which it must operate.


Theory into Practice

To best understand the theories of family therapy, an obervation experience has been designed into the course. The Indiana University Family Counseling Program will arrange for a family to be observed during the class. One of the strongest aspects of this observation experience is experience with the techniques of family therapy, This information should prove valuable for whatever type of counseling profession you eventually enter.



The instructor for the Introduction to Couples andFamily Counseling course will be Dr. Michael Tracy. Office hours for instructor will be Wednesday’s from 1:30 to 2:30; PM.

Dr. Michael Tracy, Ph.D.

Voice Mail: 856-8345

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Phone: 856-8302


Class Meetings

The first meeting of the G567 Family Counseling class will be held on Tuesday, June 1 1999 at 2:45-5:00 PM in Room 1225. If for some reason you are unable to attend this initial class, please call Dr. Tracy at one of the numbers listed.

Observation, Coding and Debriefing Experience

Client couples and families are seen regularly at the Center for Human Growth. Students in this class are required to observe a video tape of three counseling sessions during the class. Students may opt to code and debrief these sessions as a substitute for the paper requirement listed above. I estimate the debriefing will take about 1.5 hours for each hour of observation. meghan Chamberlain and I  will discuss this option later this week to schedule this activity. You observations will be done before the Center opens for clients at 12:00 noon during the second and third weeks of the class. Students will work in teams of three to complete the observations. Scheduling will be at your mutual convenience, but you must work with a team and complete your observations in a timely manner. Your coded information must be of use to the counselors and clients you are observing.

Required Text

The text for the course will be:

Nichols, Michael P., and Schwartz (1995). Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods ,Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

The book is available, enough copies were ordered for all students to purchase one. It may be available in local bookstores as well.



Bowenian Systemic
Structural Psycho dynamic
Experiential Cognitive Behavioral
Strategic Narrative



Beavers, W. Robert (1985). Successful marriage: a family systems approach to couples therapy. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.

Broderick, Carlfred B. (1981). Couples: how to confront problems and maintain loving relationships. New York: Simon and Schuster.

Broderick, Carlfred B. (1979). Marriage and the family. NewYork: Prentice-Hall.

Broderick, Carlfred (1983). The therapeutic triangle: asourcebook on marital therapy. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage  Publications.

Bross, Allen (Ed.) (1983). Family therapy: Principles of  strategic practice. New York: Guilford Press.

Cristy, Norton F. (1980). Staying in love: Reinventing marriage and other love relationships. New York: Jove Publications.

Karpel, Mark, and Strauss, Eric (1983). Family evaluation. New York: Gardner Press.

Kramer, Jeanette R. (1985). Family interfaces: Transgenerational patterns. New York: Brunner/Mazel.

Madanes, Cloe (1981). Strategic family therapy. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

McGoldrick, Monica, and Gerson, Randy (1985). Genograms in family assessment. New York: W. W. Norton and Company.

Minuchin, Salvador (1967). Families of the slums. New York: Basic Books.

Napier, and Whitaker, Carl (1978). The family crucible. New York: Harper and Row.

Nichols, Michael (1984). Family therapy: Concepts and methods. New York: Gardner Press.

Papp, Peggy (Ed.) (1977). Family therapy: Full length case studies. New York: Gardner Press.

Selvini, Matteo.(1988). The Work of Mara Selvini Palazzoli. Northvale, NJ,. Jason Aronson Inc

Pomery, Claire (1977). Fight it out, work it out, love it out.  New York: Doubleday and Co.

Ramey, James (1977). Intimate Relationships. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall.

Sager, Clifford, and Hunt, Bernice (1979). Intimate partners: Hidden patterns in love relationships. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Satir, Virginia People making and cojoint family therapy.

Sherman, Robert, and Fredman, Norman (1986). Handbook of  structured techniques in marriage and family therapy. New York: Brunner/Mazel.

Sholevar, G. Pirooz (1981). The handbook of marriage and family therapy. New York: Spectrum Publications.


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