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Teaching Opportunity | Course Instructor – Advanced Certificate in Couple and Family Therapy

Open Learning and Educational Support (OpenEd), University of Guelph is recruiting for instructors with a passion for teaching, and the academic knowledge and experience to develop and facilitate online synchronous continuing education courses for the Advanced Certificate in Couple and Family Therapy. The selected candidate(s) will develop and instruct Advanced Therapy for Couple Relationships. The timeline for commitment would be April to August 2024, inclusive of course development, course dates and grading timelines. The course dates will be scheduled over Fridays or Mondays and weekend days for a total of five (5) days in July and/or August. All classes are hosted through Zoom.

Certificate Description

Explore the major theories, central concepts and foundational approaches of couple and family therapy practice. Through interactive teaching and learning processes—including whole class and small group discussions, role-playing, research, assignments, and reflection from your own personal experience—you are better equipped to translate theory into practical methods for your practice.

While a strong focus is placed on the historical development of systemic therapy, you have many opportunities to study and compare a wide variety of therapy models, such as Cognitive-Behavioural, Experiential, Bowenian, Contextual, Structural, and Strategic.

Position Description

We are looking for instructor(s) to develop and facilitate one course in the Advanced Couple and Family Therapy Program. Instructors are contracted to instruct per course based on expertise, experience and availability. As an OpenEd instructor, you support student learning, and develop course content (content, activities and assessments) in alignment with provided learning outcomes.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop a course structure including all curricular and assessment elements
  • Prepare course outline, and assessment structure with rubrics as per the standards and requirements of the department
  • Develop and update learning activities including quizzes, exercises, case studies, and discussion activities that reinforce learning, in consultation with OpenEd staff
  • Work collaboratively with OpenEd staff according to established timelines; respond to OpenEd staff in a timely manner (24-48 hours) to support course administration
  • Select, prepare and identify course content including but not limited to reading lists, materials list, slides, visuals, and activities in alignment with course learning outcomes
  • Facilitate the course online based on a set schedule
  • Create a supportive and engaging online community that fosters student learning
  • Share real-world experiences and provide examples that demonstrate your expertise in the topic area and meet the needs of the learners
  • Utilize the online learning management system as part of course facilitation
  • Respond to and support students in a timely manner (24-48 hours)
  • Participate in meetings, orientations and trainings as requested to support course administration and instructor orientation
  • Grade all assessments following the rubric/grading criteria and provide appropriate feedback on submitted work
  • Provide student feedback in a timely manner throughout the semester with final grades being completed within two (2) weeks of the course end date
  • As required, re-read or re-grade assessments, attend appeals, and participate in cases of academic misconduct, which may occur after the end date of the course
  • Manage files and comply with University of Guelph Policies and Procedures to maintain a safe, engaging and supportive learning and working environment

Course Description

Expand your awareness of ideologies and practices of power in couple relationships and therapy. Explore multiple forms of power on clients, therapists, and the therapeutic relationship—including those related to colonialism, racism and white supremacy, misogyny, capitalism, and heteronormativity—and the assumptions and practices of couple therapy itself. Examine challenging clinical situations that bring processes of power to light, and reflect on the self of the therapist as a site of both power and resistance.

This course takes place at a moment in history when global events and social movements are forcing the couple therapy field to reckon with injustice in new ways. Given the rapidly changing social discourse and the field's slower responses to it, the course will evolve as necessary.

Class dialogues take place within a respectful and collaborative framework that values humility, bravery, and thoughtful discussion. This interactive course uses a variety of teaching and learning processes to help translate theory into practice for contemporary systemic therapists. Most discussions, interactive methods, and assignments require reflection on personal values, assumptions, and experience. You are expected to bring a working knowledge of couple therapy theories and methods to the course (see prerequisite below). This course is typically recognized by CAMFT and AAMFT as a couple/marriage and family therapy course

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate couple therapy theoretical knowledge and practical skills related to key aspects of narrative, social constructionist, systemic, and emotionally focused therapy for couples
  • Engage in critical analysis of couple therapy theories and practices
  • Consider differing perspectives on issues of social location, power, and oppression as they influence the therapeutic process
  • Evaluate one’s couple practice and identify preferred approaches for working with clients
  • Exhibit advanced oral and written communication skills, as well as strengthened ability to engage in generative dialogues
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues and clients in a context where diverse and sometimes opposing views, complex explanations, and challenging dilemmas are part of the process

Course Topics

  • Assumptions and Ideologies Underpinning Present Day Couple Therapy
  • The Effects of Colonial Histories on Intimate Relationships and the Practice of Couple Therapy
  • Couple Therapy as Both a 'Psy' Discipline and an Antidote to the 'Psy' Disciplines
  • Couple Therapy Practices as Technologies of Power
  • White Supremacy, Misogyny, Heteronormativity and Their Effects in Couple Therapy
  • What Queer Theory, Feminism, Anti-Racist and Anti-Colonial Scholarship, and PostStructural Thought Offer the Modern-Day Couple Therapist
  • Using Focused Curiosity and Persistent Questioning to Challenge Oppressive Patterns and Practices Without Replicating Them
  • How to Bring Forth Accountability, Reconciliation and Repair in the Aftermath of Harm


  • RMFT- Supervisor Designation. Membership of the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy is required. Additional qualifications and professional development is an asset.
  • A graduate university degree from an accredited institution with expertise in the subject area
  • At least three years of work experience in family and couple therapy psychotherapy with experience in emotionally focused therapy
  • Curriculum development and training/facilitation experience
  • Teaching experience, ideally in an online environment, and an interest in adult learning and development
  • Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to effectively communicate with students using tools such as email and web-conferencing (Zoom)
  • A strong curiosity and a desire to learn
  • A commitment to meeting timelines and the ability to balance competing priorities to ensure they do not interfere with developing and delivering the course
  • A level of confidence with computer technology and the ability to master a learning management system (D2L Brightspace)
  • Demonstrated subject-matter expertise related to equity, diversity, and antioppression, including the ability to speak from personal experience and engage students in the central concepts and learning to promote social justice and empower positive change.

To Apply

If you are interested in this position, please respond by sending a resume/CV with a cover letter that outlines your education and experience, how you meet the stated qualifications, and why you want to teach in this online continuing education course.

Resumes must be submitted by February 28, 2024 to

Mariel Mading, Interim Manager, Continuing Education
Open Learning and Educational Support
University of Guelph

Continuing Education at OpenEd

Continuing Education at OpenEd provides innovative, high-quality professional development programs that reflect the unique teaching expertise and research strengths of the University of Guelph. We offer over 100 courses delivered to students in 26 countries, creating a network of learners who bring a rich, diverse cultural experience to our courses and programs. 

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