The family system has been shown to me among the most influential systems operating in the lives of individuals. In fact, researchers and practitioners alike have shown the important role that families play in shaping behavioral outcomes. This course will focus on family-based preventive interventions. We will work to identify the epidemiology of prominent maladaptive behaviors, including the prevalence and etiology. Drawing from this basic science, we will work to identify theoretical frameworks to help guide our practice. Informed by our theoretical frameworks, we will identify family-based preventive interventions, the common pathways and mechanisms by which change occurs (i.e., mediators) from these interventions, as
well as identifying for whom are interventions efficacious for and for whom not (i.e., moderators). We will then apply this knowledge to various case studies. This course will consist of didactic and interactive activities.