Dynamics of the Family


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IMH103 - Dynamics of the Family

This course will address family dynamics from a systematic and developmental viewpoint. Students will become familiar with systems and ecological theory, family structures and development, families in transition, history and cultural diversity. This will support the student's personal and professional awareness of the potential impact of family history and culture on future relationships. As systems are explored, students reflect on how they can create a more responsive and inclusive response to challenges families with young children may experience. How does a young child's social history within the family and the community influence their development, in particular early mental health? How does a caregiver's mental health influence a young child's development? How do these early and pivotal relationships promote or derail physical and mental health in the short and the long term? Such questions will be discussed and answered through presentations, group discussions and case study.

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