Family Systems

Course Details

Course Number: 4223  Summer II 2011

Days & Times:


Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Gary Fashimpar   
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Course Objectives


Course Objectives:


1.  Apply critical thinking skills within the context of professional social work practice.


2.  Understand the value base of the profession and its ethical standards and principles, and practice accordingly.


3.  Practice without discrimination and with respect, knowledge, and skills related to clients’ age, class, color, culture, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.


4.  Apply the knowledge and skills of generalist social work practice with systems of all sizes.


5.  Use theoretical frameworks supported by empirical evidence to understand individual development and behavior across the life span and the interactions among individuals and between diverse and oppressed individuals and families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Course Expectations







Illustrations of Family Therapy


Module I

Obj. 5

Family Life Cycle

Video 1:Families of Young Children with Special Needs: A Family Systems Approach to Early Childhood Intervention

Web CT #1 special needs families summary





Module II

Objs. 2,3,4

Structural Theory

Video 2:  Destructive/Constructive Family Conflict


Web CT #2 diversityand family conflict summary   

Module III

Objs. 1,2,3,4

Cognitive Behavioral and Problem Solving theory solution

Video 3:  Cognitive Behavioral Couples Therapy.

WebCT# 3 summary of videotape

Module IV

Objs. 1,2,3,4


Video 4: Solution Focused Family Therapy

Web CT #4 African American Families summary





     Module V         


Module VI

Objs. 1,2,3,4

Strategic Theory and Family Power

Communication Theory

Video 5:  The Angry Couple: Conflict Focused Treatment


WebCT#5 discussion of videotape

Module VII

Objs. 1,2,3,4,5

Intergenerational Systems Theory

Video 6:The Legacy of Unresolved Loss

WebCT# 6 Intergenerational transmission of diversity in families






Grading Standards



Three (3) exams, with the points earned converted to a percentage.  The grading scale is below:


90%-100% = A                 Exam One               100                       

80%-89% = B                             Exam Two               100                       

70%-79%= C                    Final Exam               100                       

60%-69%= D                                                 300

0%-59%= F

Submission Format Policy


Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

5% penalty

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

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Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.