This course provides basic information about theory guiding family therapy and the history of theories that have impacted the study of families. A variety of conceptual and theoretical frameworks will be studied (e.g., family systems theory, family development, symbolic interaction, effective communication, human ecology, feminist perspectives, bio-social perspectives). Key concepts and basic assumptions will be identified to assist the learner in understanding and conceptualizing core components of the Family Social Science discipline. The course is designed to teach students to integrate Adlerian Individual Psychology with Family Systems Theory and to identify resulting therapeutic strategies. By comparing and contrasting Adlerian Psychology and Family Systems Theory, and their related applications, students will become more effective in their relationships with future clients.