PSMA010 Marital and Family Counselling

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Peter Kollár (lecturer), PhDr. Zuzana Slováčková, Ph.D. (deputy)
PhDr. Jaroslava Dosedlová, Dr. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
PhDr. Jaroslava Dosedlová, Dr.
Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jarmila Valchářová
Supplier department: Department of Psychology - Faculty of Arts
Fri 12. 3. 9:00–16:40 K21, Fri 23. 4. 9:00–16:40 K21, Fri 7. 5. 9:00–16:40 K21
Student will recognize a specific area of psychological counselling that aims to solve problems of partnership, marriage and family. Lectures provide insight into therapeutic approaches and trends applicable in this field of applied psychology.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
Objective of the course:
To acquaint students with the matters of marriage and family therapy and utilisation of theoretical knowledge in the practical counseling process. Students are presented with topics which aim to help them recognize proper methods of treating target groups that comprise families and couples as well as single troubled individuals. This is an applied discipline, therefore all the theory is linked to practical examples. The last two lectures are dedicated to the usage of particular techniques to experience effect of the counseling process itself.
Learning outcomes
Student acquires relevant knowledge about the issues of individuals, couples and families; Student learns how to apply theoretical knowledge in the field; gains the ability to describe particular topics of working with clients, will be able to differentiate between therapeutical approaches; awarness of the issues will help students to choose the appropriate training to further their counseling skills and possibly a deeper work with families.
  • 1. History of marriage and family counseling
  • 2. How to invite a client for the appointment and client’s impression of the counseling process
  • 3. Services in marriage and family counseling
  • 4. The selection of a partner
  • 5. Communication
  • 6. Psychology of a family
  • 7. Dynamics of mutual coexistence of family members
  • 8. Family and marital myths
  • 9. Disintegration of marriage and separation (divorce)
  • 10. Collusion
  • 11. Basic counseling and psychotherapeutic approaches
  • 12. Family psychotherapy
  • 13. Disputes over children after separation (after a divorce)
  • 1. Guardianship of a child
  • 15. Domestic violence and the prevention thereof
    required literature
  • Jung, C. G. (1994). Manželství jako psychologický vztah (in Duše moderního člověka). Brno, Atlantis.
  • Kratochvíl, S. (2000). Manželská terapie. Praha, Portál.
  • Plaňava, I. (2000). Manželství a rodiny: struktura, dynamika, komunikace. Brno, Doplněk.
  • Gjuričová, Š., Kubička, J. (2003). Rodinná terapie. Praha, Grada.
  • Plaňava, I. (1998). Spolu každý sám. Praha, NLN.
  • Sobotková, I. (2001). Psychologie rodiny. Praha, Portál.
  • Knop, J. (2001). Psychoterapie a poradenství. Konfrontace roč. 12, č. 2, str. 83 – 85.
  • Titl, S. (2014). Psychoanalytická párová terapie. Praha, Portál.
  • Willy, J. (1998). Párová terapie. Hradec Králové, Konfrontace.
    recommended literature
  • Aldortová, N. (2010). Vychováváme děti a rosteme s nimi. Praha, Práh.
  • Freemanová, D. R. (1992). Manželská kríza. Martin, Osvěta.
  • Jakobsen, B. a Räkil, M. (eds.) (2017). Násilí je možné zastavit. Praha, Nadace Open Society Fund.
  • Plzák, M. (1988). Poruchy manželského soužití. Praha, SPN.
  • Klimeš, J. (2005). Partneři a rozchody. Praha, Portál.
  • Kopřiva, K. (1997). Lidský vztah jako součást profese. Praha, Portál.
  • Simon, F. B.; Stierlin, H. (1995). Slovník rodinné terapie. Hradec Králové, Konfrontace.
  • Křivohlavý, J. (1988). Jak si navzájem lépe porozumět. Praha, Svoboda.
  • Pöthe, P. (1996). Dítě v ohrožení. Praha, G plus G.
  • Satirová, V. (1994). Kniha o rodině, Praha, Práh, Brno, Svan.
  • Teyber, E. (2007). Děti a rozvod. Praha. Návrat domů.
  • Vybíral, Zb. (2000). Psychoterapie, psychoterapeutické poradenství a poradenství (hledání podobností). Konfrontace roč. 11, č. 2, str. 83 – 86.
  • Weber, R. (2007). Páry v psychoterapii. Praha, Portál.
Teaching methods
Teaching methods:
Lectures, simulation of counseling process
Case studies.
Technique demonstration.
Assessment methods
Subject is finalized with a written test of 26 items and a 2 to 4 page essay with topics that are announced at least one month ahead. 21.5 points are required to pass the written test (complete answer gets you 1 point, incomplete yields 0.5 point, wrong or missed answers are awarded with 0 points).
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2022.
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