IMH103 - Dynamics of the Family

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Subject Title
Dynamics of the Family

Subject Description
This course is designed for students to examine families within their social context.  Students will examine theories related to family growth and development from a mental health perspective.  This will support the students' personal and professional awareness of the potential impact of family history and culture on lifelong relationships and positive mental health.  Students will begin to identify the signs, symptoms and structures of positive mental health within a family context.

Credit Status
IMH 103 is a process course.  Students are required to attend a minimum of 75% of face to face classes in order to be eligible to earn a passing grade.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:


  1. Analyze the influence of the social, emotional, economic, and cultural circumstance on the functionality of families with young children.
  2. Compare various theorists and their descriptions of family dynamics, focusing on the impact on infants.
  3. Determine the signs and symptoms of families with infants in need of additional support.
  4. Explain the influence of diverse family backgrounds when developing relationships with families with infants and young children.
  5. Critique traditional approaches to serving diverse families with young children in a variety of settings.

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