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CPD-0206 – Systems Theory In Action (Online) (CPD-0206_SYSTEMS)

Systems Theory in Action: Book-Based Exam

Online, self-paced
Access to course content will begin on July 1, 2019.
Enrolled students will have until December 6, 2019, to complete course material.


Students will complete an exam on Shelley Smith-Acuña’s Book Systems Theory in Action.

About the book:
With a majority of systems theory texts focusing solely on the field of family therapy, it can be difficult to see the application of systems theory in an individual therapy context. Systems Theory in Action takes an innovative approach by viewing systems theory as a model for general mental health practice. Drawing from her extensive experience as a teacher and a clinician, Dr. Smith-Acuña uses real-life examples to illustrate the basic components of systems theory. Written both for the student and the experienced clinician, this book weaves together the foundational ideas from general systems theory, family therapy, couples therapy, and individual therapy to demonstrate systemic thinking. Systems Theory in Action emphasizes viewing the client's presenting problem through a systemic lens in a way that is applicable to a variety of therapy settings.

The book can be purchased through John Wiley and Sons.

This course offers 6 APA CE hours

Online, self-paced course

Cost: $75
Discounts (use code when registering):
DU Affiliates (alumni, faculty, staff): 10% off - code: CPDGSPP10
Students: 15% off - code: CPDGSPP15

About the Author:
Shelley Smith-Acuña, Ph.D.
entered academia in 1992 and has been practicing psychotherapy with a specialty in couples, families, and relationship issues for over 25 years. She is currently the Dean of the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver, where she also teaches a course on systems theory. Dr. Smith-Acuña has authored several papers published in academic journals and has given dozens of presentations and keynote addresses on a variety of topics including couples and family therapy and clinical supervision.

Online Course Format:
Students can expect to have access to course content in Canvas, University of Denver’s online learning platform, on July 1, 2019 or within one week of enrollment, whichever is later. Enrolled students will have until December 6, 2019 to complete course material. Enrollment for this course will close on November 22, 2019 to allow for adequate completion time.

This program is approved for 6 hours of continuing education. The University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GSPP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Course Details
Location: University ParkMode of Study: OnlinePlaces Left: 35Waitlist Places Left: 0Fee: $75

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