BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

ACHD-229 - Advanced Aboriginal Family Systems - 3.00 Credits

ACHD-229 - Advanced Aboriginal Family Systems - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
In this course students will learn advanced counseling techniques from western and traditional philosophies to incorporate into practice with individuals and families. Students will learn how to conduct family assessments including the development of specific tools such as family genograms. Students will continue to learn specific approaches of counseling and examine the impact of cultural practices and beliefs on healing and therapeutic practices, particularly when working in Aboriginal communities. Students will also undertake a personal study and a reflection of one's own value system and biases. This course will address the legacy of physical and sexual abuse in residential schools, including the intergenerational impact by providing students with the opportunity to continue to develop their counseling skills with an emphasis on providing counseling for residential school survivors and intergenerational members.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Aboriginal Community & Health Development Diploma - Aboriginal Community and Health Diploma
  • Prerequisites : ACHD 129,
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week.
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50 - 70%, Final 30 - 50%, Total 100 %. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:
  • understand the necessity to incorporate culture into the theory and practice of individual and family counseling;

  • articulate the concepts and methods of family therapy relevant to community and health wellness;

  • understand the application of counseling and therapy, the differences and individual approaches;

  • make the connection between beliefs and values and holistic health and wellness;

  • understand the importance of taking the client’s values into account in therapy;

  • demonstrate techniques to assist families to define their rights and commitments with respect to each other;

  • conduct intake and assessment processes; inclusive of naturalistic observations, presenting problem interview and a case history interview;

  • incorporate teaching of the Medicine Wheel model and the Family Structure and World-view model into a family counseling strategy;

  • identify, analyze, and modify inadequacy in the therapeutic communication with the family; and

  • practice in an ethical and responsible manner that supports the needs of the individual, family, and community.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Golltz, Walter J., Larson, Lyle E., Munro, Brenda E. & White, James M. (2005). Families in canada, 3rd edition. Canada: Pearson Education.
  • Other Resources:
  • As per Instructor.
  • Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Education Council approved August 2004.