Advanced Clinical Skills in Relational-Systemic Psychotherapy: Couple and Family Therapy
As a student you will learn to work with couples, families, and individuals from relational-systemic leading edge Couple and Family Therapy approaches including: narrative, solution-oriented, emotionally focused, and dialogic models. In all these clinical approaches you will work within a strength-based, client-responsive, resiliency-focused framework, paying close attention to relational processes and the broader sociocultural context in which people live. You will also be familiar with the assessment and diagnostic criteria for major mental health issues (DSM-5). By graduation, you will be competent in both brief and longer term therapy approaches.
You will graduate with a broad understanding of relational/systemic psychotherapy practice and specialized knowledge of "family" and other relationships (couple, parent-child, peer, work, etc.) as well as broader systemic influences. As a trained Couple and Family Therapist, you will learn to consider the intersection of various dimensions of social location (gender, ethnicity, class, age, migration and indigenous status, physical or cognitive abilities, for example) in the lives of the clients with whom you work and on your own self-awareness, perspectives, and assumptions as a therapist; as well as how these various intersections influence therapy interactions.
Practice Ready Graduates
As a graduate of the MSc.CFT program in the Dept. of Family Relations & Applied Nutrition (FRAN) at the University of Guelph, you will be a highly competent and specialized clinical practitioner-scientist with skills in understanding, producing, and applying contemporary research findings.
You will be knowledgeable with respect to the latest ethical practices, theories, and interventions in the field of psychotherapy with specific competencies in the area of systemic, relational practice.
You will be employable in hospitals, family health teams, and community mental health and social service agencies where you will fit easily into multi-disciplinary teams. You may join the ranks of other graduates who have gone on to advanced supervisory positions within their agencies, or, if you complete a thesis, to complete a doctoral degree in the social sciences and enter academia. You may join graduates who have started very successful private practices and, in addition, have become recognized educators and consultants. As a graduate of the MSc.CFT program in FRAN you will be among many who make a valuable contribution to the community, and to other health professions.