This course focuses on the history, theory and practice of family therapy, with analysis and comparison of beliefs, therapeutic strategies, and techniques of the most prominent approaches. It includes the study of differences between individual and systems approaches to helping families and the use of the genogram in family therapy, as well as the role and functions of a family therapist. In this course, learners will research and explore specific issues in family dysfunction, including cultural and social phenomena, addictions and abuse, alternative family structures. Learners will also explore current treatment issues in working with diverse family structures, and subsequently better understand the role of marital, couple, and family counselors/therapists in various practice settings and in relation to other helping professionals. The course will also cover ethical and legal considerations specifically related to family and systems related work.