Educator Professional Development


Family Systems Theory

July 7-August 15, 2014
UW-La Crosse offers 3 UG Credits
CYC 411, Section 411
Tuition, 3 UG Credits

Course Description: The course studies the family as a system, family life cycle stages, tasks and difficulties that families may experience as they move through their developmental stages. Concepts and principles applicable to helping people within a systems perspective will also be discussed.

Purpose of Course: Students will obtain a basic knowledge of systems theory as applied to working with families. Systems theory will be used as a framework to explain dynamics in various family structures and transitional points in development. Students will learn to distinguish among the various popular therapeutic approaches to working with families. A major focus of the course is student understanding of family organization and function, including intimacy, parenting, communication and conflict negotiation, and gender and ethnic differences.


  • School staff including counselors, psychologists, social workers
  • Community social workers
  • Professional working with families

Instructor: Lisa Caya, Ph.D.

To Register:

If you are not a current student at UW-La Crosse, you must first complete the online application for admission to UW-La Crosse: Online Admission Application Directions (2 page PDF)

The tuition plateau does not apply to students enrolling in undergraduate or graduate credit courses through the  Office of Continuing Education and Extension.

For more information contact: Briana Meuer, Credit Coordinator, 608.785.6513 or