This online course introduces students to the family as a social system, including historical and contemporary theories related to family structure and functions, adaptations in family structure and interaction patterns during times of transition, and the dynamics of family life. Students examine studies of diverse family systems, including study parenting, caregiving, and family life from a cross-cultural perspective. From a clinical perspective, students learn how factors, such as abuse, violence, and poverty, influence development and how multidisciplinary teams in healthcare settings work with complicated family dynamics and provide optimal care to children and families.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Define various aspects of family systems, including the dynamics of family life
- Apply historical and contemporary theories related to family structure and functions
- Analyze case studies related to family systems and the field of child life
NotesCertification Disclosure: Completion of the UCSB PaCE Child Life certificate program does not result in Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS). Individuals seeking certification must meet specific academic and clinical experience requirements in addition to passing the Child Life Professional Certification Exam. While courses in this certificate program count toward the educational requirements for becoming eligible to take the examination, completion of this certificate program will not, in itself, result in Child Life certification. For more information about certification visit https://www.childlife.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Child Life : Required 5 Courses