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DBMF 405 Course Syllabus C OURSE S YLLABUS DBMF 405 D IVORCE , R EMARRIAGE , AND B LENDED F AMILIES C OURSE D ESCRIPTION This course provides background to the causes of divorce, the emotional and relational consequences for both children and parents, factors that challenge positive adjustment after a divorce, strategies for successful remarriage, blended family dynamics, current policy issues, and the legal, cultural, and theological implications. Ethical concerns and multicultural factors are also considered. R ATIONALE Divorce has both a direct and indirect effect on nearly everybody today. Within the Christian community alone, theological beliefs and debate about divorce and remarriage can be heated and divisive. Yet, for an increasing majority of Americans, it is an emotional and relational reality. Children are often left in the disturbing wake. This course is designed to provide awareness regarding the causes of divorce, the implications on children, families and society, as well as the skills and techniques necessary for helping individuals remarry and join blended families successfully. Time is also spent on the grief following the loss of a spouse to death. This course is offered in an eight-week format and includes extensive readings, experiential observations, exams, a research paper, and interactions with other students via Discussion Board Forums. I. P REREQUISITES None II. R EQUIRED R ESOURCES The resources below are provided in the course at no cost to the student. Dobson, J. (2007). Love must be tough: New hope for marriages in crisis . Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House. Papernow, P. L. (2013). Surviving and thriving in stepfamily relationships: What works and what doesn’t . New York, NY: Routledge. The following textbooks/materials will be mailed to you free of charge: Hart, A. (1997). Helping children survive divorce: What to expect; how to help . Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson. Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources. III. R ECOMMENDED R ESOURCES - O PTIONAL Page 1 of 6
DBMF 405 Course Syllabus Clinton, T., and J. Trent. (2009). The Quick-Reference Guide to Marriage & Family Counseling . Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books. ISBN: 9780801072246. Dobson, J. (2011). Head over heels: How to fall in love and land on your feet. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books. ISBN: 9781441224828. Dobson, J. (2003). What wives wish their husbands knew about women. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House. ASIN: B004GXB402, ISBN: 9780842378895 Dobson, J. (2005). Five essentials for lifelong intimacy. Sisters, OR: Multnomah. ISBN: 978-1414317403 Deal, R. (2006). The smart stepfamily: The seven steps to a healthy family. Bethany House Publishers. ISBN: 978-0764212062 House, H. W. (Ed.). (1990). Divorce and remarriage: Four Christian views. Grand Rapids, MI: Intervarsity Press Academic. IBSN: 978-0830812837 IV. A DDITIONAL M ATERIALS FOR L EARNING A. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment B. Internet access (broadband recommended) C. Microsoft Office D. Blackboard recommended browsers E.

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