2023-2024 / PSYC0049-3

Analysis and intervention in family systems and couples


15h Th, 15h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in psychology (120 ECTS)4 crédits 


Maria Elena Brianda

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course is intended to: 1) review methods and tools for assessing family and couple functioning, and 2) introduce intervention strategies and techniques drawn from the main approaches of family and couple therapy. 

Practical work and discussions will be proposed to stimulate reflection on the use, strengths, and limitations of the tools and methods presented.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of my course, students should be able to:

  • gain a basic knowledge of the leading family and couple assessment approaches and instruments;
  • gain a basic knowledge of the leading family and couple intervention techniques;
  • administer family assessment tools and interpret and integrate the results in a written report.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

  • In-person lectures (15 hours);
  • Practical classes on the topics covered (15 hours).

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Recommended or required readings

Required readings (necessary to succeed in the exam) :

  • Slides (posted weekly on myULiège)
  • Personal notes taken by the student during the classes
  • Selected chapters and papers that expand on the topics covered in class
Recommended readings :

  • Favez N. L'examen clinique de la famille : modèles et instruments d'évaluation. Mardaga Supérieur, 2020
  • Favez N. L'examen clinique du couple : théories et instruments d'évaluation. Primento, 2014

Written work / report

Additional information:

The work consists of am individual written report, the evaluation of which will determine the grade for this course. The report will be based on a family assessment exercise and the administration of the tools and instruments presented during the course. Full details will be provided during the first weeks of the course.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Professor :  Maria Elena Brianda

Mail : mariaelena.brianda@uliege.be

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