FLORENCE – If you ever wished someone could give you a manual on the “how-to’s” of family life, then the upcoming three-week course, the "Psychology of Family Life," offered during Francis Marion University’s late spring term, may be what you’ve wished for.
The three-credit hour course, Psychology 310, will begin in May and is a “special topics” course which offers students an opportunity for in-depth study in a special area of interest within psychology. This course is meant to help students prepare for the practical demands of marriage and parenting, and to help students learn how to survive the ups and downs of family life, instructor Dr. Tom Dorsel said.
Course topics include exploring family roots, the communication process, and understanding the demands of the various phases of married life. The course also examines the childbirth process, disciplining children in psychologically sound ways, connecting with teenagers, and preventing violence and resolving conflict. Additionally, the course will address the phase in life when parents are caring for children, aging parents, and themselves, Dorsel said. Dorsel is a FMU professor of psychology, a clinical psychologist and family therapist.
The course is of particular relevance to young adults contemplating marriage, those in the early years of married life, as well as to veterans of married life who are interested in exploring the roots of their marital relationship and where it is going, he said. The course is designed to also help train those who work with such adults.
Dorsel, married to his wife, Sue, for 29 years, is the father of five children, including a set of twins. The couple has experienced the ups and downs of family life, including the pain of the early death of one of their children.
Late spring session classes, which run from May 18-June 7, meet daily from 9 a.m.-noon. Psychology 310 will meet in the Cauthen Educational Media Center, room 228B.
For more information about registration or other course offerings, call the FMU Registrar Office at 843-661-1175 or the FMU Office of Admissions at 843-661-1231 or 1-800-368-7551.
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