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Family Therapy Minor

Family Social Science
College of Education and Human Development
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2024
  • Required credits in this minor: 12
This minor will prepare students for clinical work at the Bachelorís level, or to apply to graduate school and obtain certification in SW, MFT, CSPP, counseling psychology, or another area.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Family Therapy Minor Coursework
FSOS 2101 - Preparation for Working With Families (3.0 cr)
FSOS 3429 - Counseling Skills Practicum I (3.0 cr)
FSOS 4111 - Introduction to Family Therapy (3.0 cr)
FSOS 3426 - Alcohol and Drugs: Families and Culture (3.0 cr)
or FSOS 4101 - Sexuality and Gender in Families and Close Relationships (3.0 cr)
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FSOS 2101 - Preparation for Working With Families
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Systematic preparation for upper division education, research/field internships, and career possibilities in Family Social Science.
FSOS 3429 - Counseling Skills Practicum I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: FSoS 3429/FSOS 5429
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Basic counseling skills. Counselor needs/motivations, non-verbal communication, basic/advanced empathy, identifying strengths, maintaining focus, challenging discrepancies, use of self. Emphasizes building from client strengths, learning through role-playing.
FSOS 4111 - Introduction to Family Therapy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course is designed as an introduction to the field of Family Therapy. Students who successfully complete the course should be well versed in the basics of both the foundational and contemporary theories of the discipline. Further, students will be exposed to a number of clinical vignettes and case scenarios that demonstrate the application of the theories in pre-recorded family therapy sessions. Through class assignments and discussions, students will be able to make a more informed decision as to whether or not family therapy is a field that holds potential for them in their own professional pursuits. Other mental health disciplines attend to family variables but having a background in family systems theory and family therapy theories will provide a solid knowledge base for someone embarking on a career in family clinical work. Systems theory guides the majority of what will be discussed in class.
FSOS 3426 - Alcohol and Drugs: Families and Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: FSoS 3426/FSOS 5426
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Psychology/sociology of drug use/abuse. Life-span, epidemiological, familial, cultural data regarding use. Fundamentals of licit/illicit drug use behavior. Variables of gender, ethnicity, social class, sexuality, sexual orientation, disability.
FSOS 4101 - Sexuality and Gender in Families and Close Relationships
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Human ecology/development as frameworks for examining sexuality in close relationships. Diversity of sexual beliefs, attitudes, behaviors within differing social contexts. Using scientific knowledge to promote sexual health among individuals, couples, families through various life stages. prereq: At least jr or instr consent