Course Description

Family Systems Therapy offers a different approach and perspective to problem-solving for Social Workers, therapists and counselors in that it focuses on the interactions among individuals in a family system rather than focusing on individual as the identified client.

This course examines the concepts and theories of Family Systems Therapy and demonstrates why it continues to be an effective alternative to more traditional therapeutic approaches.

Session Learning Objectives
After completing this course, the participant will be able to: Explain the theory of systems as it relates to Family Systems Therapy.
List and explain some of the basic concepts of Family Systems Theory.
Explain the dynamics of concepts of positive and negative feedback and their impact on the family system.
Explain some of the differences between Family Systems Therapy and more traditional approaches to therapy.

Define some of the theories and changes of Family Systems Therapy.

Course is a self-paced learning experience which includes a recorded training, powerpoint, closing sample activity, quiz and evaluation. all which must be completed to recieve certificate. This course is non-interactive. 

Course Outline

Video Guide

  • Introduction: 29:23 mins
    • History and Background of Family System Therapy (System Theory)
    • Family System Therapy vs Individual Therapy
  • Family System Therapy Eight Concepts: 94:32 mins
  • Therapeutic Framework 36:48 mins
    • Therapeutic Techniques
    • Family Therapy Impact & Types
    • Issues of Individual and Cultural Diversity
    • Intensive Family-Focused Therapy Model

Activity (genogram/using Family Therapy): 35: 05 mins

Genogram Basic Symbol

Reference List


Adjournment: Post-test, evaluations & Certificate

Certificates will be awarded after completion of full training, post-test and course evaluation.

Certificates will be awarded after completion of full training and course evaluation.

Radiant Sunshine, #1403, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Radiant Sunshine maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 2/28/20 to 2/28/2023  Social workers completing this course receive 3.5-clinical continuing education credits.

Find out whether your state or province accepts ACE approval.

Social workers participating in this course will receive 3.5 Clinical continuing education clock hours.”

Refund policy:   No refund will be given for purchase of course. 

 We accommodate persons with disabilities. Please email for more information if disability accommodations are needed.

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Chapter One

    • From Desk of Sharea Farmer

    • Video Study Guide

    • Introduction

  • 2

    Chapter Two

    • 8 Concepts: Triangle

    • 8 Concepts: Triangle 2

    • 8 Concepts: Differentiation of Self

    • 8 Concepts : Nuclear Family, Family Projection, Multi generational Transmission, Emotional Cutoff, Sibling Placement & Emotional Process in Society

  • 3

    Chapter Three

    • Family vs Individual Therapy, Pros & Con, Techniques, Role of Therapist, & Genogram Symbols

    • Genogram Basic Symbols

    • Genogram Activity

  • 4

    Chapter Four

    • Reference List

    • Clinical Use of Family System Therapy Quiz


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