Working With Families in Family Medicine



This course will focus on the bio-psycho-social model of health from a family medicine perspective. Family assessment and family system’s theory will be used to identify key therapeutic goals for families, particularly as they pertain to significant clinical situations. Family intervention strategies, from a variety of theoretical frameworks, will be touched upon so as to enhance the diversity of your therapeutic approach. This course will emphasize health and wellness in families over the lifecycle and explore the social determinants of health on individuals and their families.


At the end of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the key components of bio-psycho-social and biomedical models of health and illness.
  2. Synthesize the bio-psycho-social models relevant to the principles of family medicine.
  3. Analyze the family and its characteristics as a system.
  4. Examine critically the dynamic and therapeutic triangle that is formed by the patient, the physician/clinician, and the family.
  5. Determine the levels of physician involvement with the family.
  6. Understand the role of the social determinants of health.
  7. Examine a variety of family dynamics and understand the role of the family physician when confronted with family issues.
  8. Explore some family assessment tools and their application to varied clinical situations.
  9. Identify a variety of family theories that can be integrated into family care

Format: Lecture / Seminar


Class participation: 20%
Abstract: 10%
Genogram: 10%
Class presentation: 30%
Research paper: 30%

Reading(s): As assigned


Tel: 416.978.8363


Participants must be licensed and practicing in a recognized health profession or a senior trainee therein.
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