BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

ACHD-129 - Introduction to Aboriginal Family & Counseling Systems - 3.00 Credits

ACHD-129 - Introduction to Aboriginal Family & Counseling Systems - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
The purpose of this course is to introduce family and counseling systems theory and practice from an Aboriginal perspective. Students will gain an understanding of the perspectives, theory methods, and practice of western counseling with an emphasis on Aboriginal worldviews, including traditional healing and ceremonies. This course will address the legacy of physical and sexual abuse in residential schools, including the intergenerational impacts by providing students with the opportunity to learn counseling techniques both contemporary and traditional that are relevant and specific to survivors and intergenerational family members of residential schools.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Aboriginal Community & Health Development Certificate - Aboriginal Community and Health Certificate
  • Indigenous Holistic Wellness and Addictions Certificate - IHWA Courses
  • Course offered:
  • Spring 2024 (January - April)
  • Spring 2025 (January - April)
  • Prerequisites : Program admission or permission from the Dean
    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 impact of the process of socialization, colonization, and oppression on Aboriginal families and communities;

  • articulate a psychosocial understanding of modern family health an illness and the clinical implications;

  • provide a comprehensive comparison between “Teaching of the Medicine Wheel” ideology with “General System Theory” as tools for therapeutic practice;

  • understand the importance of utilizing reflective skills: attending, paraphrasing, and reflection of feelings and summarizing, in order to ensure the clients are understood;

  • illustrate examples of ethical and professional decision-making in the counselling process;

  • use a cross-cultural model for the development and implementation of family counseling and support services;

  • communicate the notion of empathy in cultural competence as a practice method;

  • understand the ethical obligation and responsibility attached to providing family counseling;

  • understand the concept of help-seeking behaviour and its relationship to cultural construction;

  • demonstrate the skill utilize both traditional and non-traditional practice methods to combat the legacy of Residential School including intergenerational impacts; and

  • demonstrate effective communication skills between self, individual, family, and community.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Eshleman, Ross J. & Wilson, Susannah J. (2001) Family, the, canadian, 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.
    Current Course Offerings:
    DaysTimeStart DateEnd Date
    M,T,W,TH,F8:00AM - 5:00PM24 Mar 202413 Apr 2024
    DaysTimeStart DateEnd Date
    M,T,W,TH,F8:00AM - 5:00PM30 Mar 202520 Apr 2025