Help build the health of the church in a skilled and understanding way!

Join Dr. Thorlakson in June for this one-week modular course. Available on campus or live-stream.

This course is an introduction to theory and practice in marriage and family counselling, with special focus on attachment and systems theories. Relational patterns and significant stressors that affect children, youth, couples, and families are examined, including the issues of intimate partner and domestic violence. Counselling theories and approaches to support the well-being of children, youth, marriages, and families are explored.

Healthy churches have healthy families

The Course

Marriage and Family Counselling

3 credits

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June 3 – 7, 2024

(Monday – Friday) 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
This course helps to equip students to work with families in a skilled and understanding way to help build the health of the church through building the health of families in the church.
Please note: This course includes substantial reading and preparation work for two assignments
before the module. A bibliography will be distributed closer to the course start date.

To demonstrate competency in the knowledge of counselling theory, students will:

  1. Articulate and apply family systems theory.
  2. Apply specific skills of family and marriage counselling to practical
  3. Articulate common patterns of relational difficulties through
    articulating structural theory, communication theory, attachment theory, and power and control dynamics.
  4. Articulate patterns, practices, and practices in healthy parenting.
Cath Thorlakson Saskatoon

Catherine Thorlakson, Ph.D., R.Psych.

Marriage & Family Counselling

Course Delivery Options

On Campus


How to Join

For Credit

Current students can register for this course by contacting the Registrar’s office. If you are interested in taking this course but not have yet applied, please visit the applicable admissions page.