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In this course current theories of working with families are taught as a means of demonstrating both the complexity of family and the diversity of interventions available.  Understanding the role and effects of family expands the student’s ability to think broadly about the causes and solutions to behavioural challenges across all types of clientele and to identify relevant behavioural interventions. Cultural, economic, and spiritual sensitivity are addressed as fundamental to working with families. Theories of family functioning are studied in relation to practices of assessment and intervention with families at different levels of functioning and of diverse forms. Emphasis is placed on the integration of theory and practice using a strength-based resiliency framework.