ERIC Number: ED316813
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar-19
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Psychodramatic Family Simulation for Teaching and Research.
An advanced graduate level course in family therapy, "Theories and Methods of Marriage and Family Therapy" is described in this document. It is intended to provide an overview of various perspectives, theories, and methods used in marriage and family counseling. Particular emphasis is given the delineation of the distinctions between and among not only various marriage and family approaches but also comparisons with individual and group counseling theories and methods. A combination of didactic and experiential approaches to learning and to practicing the course material is taken. The approach to learning is based on the integration of theory and practice through the use of experiential learning paradigms. Theoretical perspective provides structure for simplifying and analyzing particular situations and for implementing and adjusting interventions appropriately. The component of the class in which class members simulate family interactions and their counseling experiences is described in detail. It is asserted that a simulation of family interaction and family therapy can be a useful learning tool, although it takes time and effort beyond normal class structure. The report concludes that the potential and actual benefits to be gained from simulation from both learning and research are many. (ABL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Counseling and Development (Cincinnati, OH, March 16-19, 1990).