Family Systems/Systems Theory


David Oliver Kling, M.Div.

One of the ways we can help our counselees uncover more of their own sacred stories is to provide a different, or more inclusive, perspective. Using a Systems Theory model, this course explores how our formal, or informal, chosen or given, families and relationships cast both light and shadow to make a whole icon of being. We experiment with a series of lenses and structures to expand our perceptions in societal, social and personal contexts. Students examine the ethics, theology, theory and practice of interactions with individuals, groups and systems. Course code P5107

Instructor: David Oliver Kling, M.Div.

Class meetings: Mondays 8 pm ET

Prerequisite: None

Required texts:

Friedman, Edwin. Generation to Generation: Family process in church and synagogue (Guilford Family Therapy). NY: The Guilford Press, 2011.

Friedman, Edwin. A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the age of the quick fix. NY: Seabury Books, 2007.

Fulfills: Counts as an Area II course.

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