Family Development – EDCO 815

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/05/2020

Course Description

An in-depth study of the development and psychological needs and problems of families, examined through the lens of personality types and family structures. Students will gain understanding of established counseling and intervention techniques used with families and children.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


An exposure to theories, structures, concepts, and frameworks associated with the family is essential to understanding family development. This exposure demonstrates relevancy to real life and brings order to family life in the twenty-first century. This course provides an intersection of theories, concepts, and principles with practical application to everyday life to equip the student in pastoral care and counseling environments for productive ministry.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the various facets of healthy family development.
  2. Explain the interrelationships of family members in the development of family systems.
  3. Compare prominent family personality types in various family models.
  4. Utilize pastoral counseling concepts in addressing problems found in typical family developments.
  5. Assess the value and effectiveness of pastoral counseling and intervention techniques in typical family development problems.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Family Development Scenario Forums (3)

The Family Development Scenario Forums are designed to give the student opportunities to interact with real life examples/scenarios affecting the family and family development. The student will read and interact with articles supplied in the course materials using the Discussion Board Forum tool and address the prescribed questions associated with each scenario.

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and include at least 2 scholarly references. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to a minimum of 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 250 words and include at least 1 scholarly reference in current APA format.

Reading Reports

This assignment will ensure students are completing the required readings for the course. In addition, students will provide a summary of their readings in APA format for each report.

Concept Paper: Perceived versus Informed Concepts of Family Development

This assignment will help the student to conceptualize and identify elements comprising an informed understanding of family development. The assignment concludes with a contrast of the student’s perceived concept of family development to his/her informed understanding of family development based upon the readings of Modules/Weeks 1 through 3. The paper must be 5–7 pages.

Personal Theory of Family Development

This assignment provides the student with an opportunity to research, formulate, and express his/her understanding of family development. In a well-written 12–15-page paper, the student will present his/her personal theory of family development for use in a marriage and family counseling environment and utilize the resources of the course texts, course materials, and other supporting sources. This assignment will be submitted in 2 parts: Concept Paragraph/Outline, and Final Submission. The paper must include 8–10 sources.