Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Graduate Courses

SOWK 611: Social Work Practice with Couples

Credit Hours



This practice elective focuses on engagement, assessment, intervention and termination with couples. Various theoretical orientations (i.e. communications, cognitive behavioral, family of origin, object relations, and narrative/postmodern) of couples practice are covered.  This course also addresses special issues that arise in working with couples such as substance abuse, violence, sexual dysfunction, incest survivors, infidelity, separation, divorce counseling and mediation services.  Also covered in this course are special considerations in working with issues of social class, race, ethnicity, physical disability, culture, gender issues and sexual orientation.