Marriage and Family Therapy

Course Details

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Fall 2012
O'Donohoe Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Class Time: 2:00-3:20 TR


Tentative Reading and Exam Schedule


Days of Class              Reading Assignment    Gold=Goldenberg & Goldenberg


                                                                        Price=Price, Price & McKenry


8/28-8/30:                    Semester Overview/Course Requirements

Intro to family systems


9/3                               Labor day, no classes


9/4-9/6:                        Intro to genograms



9/11-9/13                     Gold Chapter 2: Family Development: Continuity and Change

                                    Price: none


9/11-9/13                     Gold Chapter 3: Gender, Culture, and Ethnicity in Family Functioning

                                    Price: student choice


9/18-9/20                     Gold Chapter 4: Interlocking Systems: The Individual, The Family, and The Community

                                    Price: student choice


9/25-9/27                     Gold Chapter 8: Transgenerational Models

                                    Price: student choice


8/28-9/25                     Mc = Chapter 1-Chapter 9 (read as fast as you can)


9/27:                            Family Interview & Genogram Due


10/1                             Last day for December graduates to file


10/2-10/4                     Gold Chapter 9: Experiential Model

                                    Price: student choice


10/8                             Last day for May graduates to file


10/9-10/11                   Gold Chapter 10: Structural Model

                                    Price: student choice


10/16-10/18                 Gold Chapter 11: Strategic Models

Price: student choice


10/22                           Last day for “W”


10/23-10/25                 Gold Chapter 12: Behavioral and Cognitive-Behavioral Models

                                    Price: student choice


10/30-11/1                   Gold Chapter 13: Solution-Focused Therapy and Collaborative Therapy

                                    Price: student choice



11/6-11/8                     Gold Chapter 14: Narrative Therapy

                                    Price: student choice


11/13-11/15                 Gold Chapter 15: Psycho-educational Models

                                    Price: student choice


11/20:                          Example of a family presentation, genogram, and case



11/21-25                      Thanksgiving break, no classes


11/27-12/6:                  Student Genogram Presentations


*If needed, we will meet during finals week to complete student presentations: Time/Date is TBA and will be scheduled around graduate students other finals.


Dr. Michael A. Vandehey (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives



1. Become familiar with systems theory, concepts, and terms.


2. Develop interview skills via the Genogram and Ecomap. Use both to document information in the file.


3. Become acquainted with a thorough review of the MFT research literature.


4. Develop professional writing and presenting skills.   

Course Expectations

Course Requirements: Grades will be based on two one-week presentations, a genogram paper, and a 45 minute genogram presentation.


Each student will prepare a week-long presentation consisting of: (a) a 2-hour presentation over a chapter from Goldenberg & Goldenberg, and (b) a 1-hour presentation over Price, Price, & McKenry. Ideally, these presentations will be integrated; however, some topics may need to be separated. Students will prepare handouts with page numbers and provide each student an e-copy prior to the presentation. Each presentation week is worth 100 points.  


The family interview paper is worth 50 points and will be written in biopsychosocial format. It should be between 3-5 pages single spaced. A genogram must be completed and should highlight information in the paper. The paper should include the following sections:

            a. presenting problem

            b. problem history and attempted solutions

            c. family history, relationships, family roles

            d. family medical history, alcohol/drug use

            e. friends/agencies outside of the family

            f. clinical assessment of the family

            g. recommendations for treatment

            h. a genogram attached at the back of the paper

i. a total of 5 references from referred journals or books (exclusive of the three class text books) should be used in the clinical assessment and recommendations sections (sections f & g).


The class presentation is worth 50 points and will be made using the family interview paper and genogram. Students are expected to “brain storm” with the clinician (presenter) about a treatment strategy while attempting to understand the family at a deeper level. Therefore, some of your grade will come from your participation during the other students’ presentations. This should be a fun task for the whole group, so think of it as a case conference, not as a presentation.

Grading Standards

300 points are possible:

            270-300 = A                210-239 = C                179 or less = F

            240-269 = B                180-209 = D

Final Exam

12/09/2012 4 pm

Submission Format Policy

*The psychology department will keep an electronic record of your written assignments for accreditation purposes. All papers must be turned in electronically ( ). Either use Microsoft Word or WordPerfect Corel:


Please title all files with: firstname.lastname.CWID#.psyc####.semester.year.typeofproduct

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Make-up Policy: Make-up exams will be all essay and will require a weeks notice. Failure to make-up an exam will result in a zero for that test.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance: Attendance is required. A student is allowed two absences without penalty. The 3rd absence results in 1/2 grade drop, the 4th absence in 1 grade drop, and a 5th absence results in a grade of ‘F.’ Being tardy three times will count as an absence. Afterward, every additional tardy counts as an absence. Two partial absences (coming in or leaving half-way through a course) will count as one absence.

Other Policies

Note: Individuals requiring special accommodation may contact me after class or during office hours.


Cheating Policy: Any evidence of cheating will result in dismissal from this class with a grade of “F”.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

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