University of Guelph

Department of Family Relations & Applied Nutrition
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The family relations and human development graduate program is committed to the study, generation and application of research on human development, and the influences of family dynamics on development across the life course. Students are expected to undertake a program of study that develops a broad and sophisticated understanding of normal and dysfunctional development and/or family functioning. The aim is to prepare scholars and professionals with a perspective that is not only multidisciplinary but that also integrates theory, research, and the application of knowledge for the enhancement of individual or family development. The faculty represents a variety of academic backgrounds and professional expertise encompassing human development, sociology, psychology, early childhood education, family relations, gerontology, social work, and couple and family therapy.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Paula Brauer
Department Emphasis
  • 50% Adults Development
  • 50% Child, Youth, & Family
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

50 Stone Rd E
Guelph ON N1G 2W1

Phone Number
519-824-4120 ext. 56321
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Adult Development
  • Child, Youth, & Family
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Administration of Programs
  • Adolescent Development and Aging
  • Adult Development and Aging
  • Aging and Health
  • Assessment and Intervention
  • Communication and Counselling Skills
  • Couple and Family Relationships
  • Development of Early and Middle Childhood
  • Development of Human Sexuality
  • Exceptional Children and Youth
  • Family Theory
  • Human Development
  • Infant Development
  • Issues in Human Sexuality
  • Issues in Social Gerontology
  • Observation and Assessment
  • Parenting and Intergenerational Relationships
  • Poverty and Health
  • Practicum: Adult Development
  • Practicum: Child, Youth & Family
  • Principles of Program Design
  • Principles of Social Gerontology
  • Professional Issues
  • Research Methods
  • Senior Seminar in Early Education and Care
  • Social Policy
  • Strategies for Behavioural Change
  • Thesis I & II
  • Topics in Family Relations and Human Development:
  • Youth Risk and Resilience
Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Scott Maitland
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Research Methods
  • Applied Statistics
  • Applied Factor Analysis & Structural Equation Modelling
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Family Relations and Human Development
  • Knowledge Translation
  • Theorizing in Family Relations and Human Development
  • Human Sexuality Across the Lifespan
  • Research Seminar
  • Developmental Assessment and Intervention
  • Sexual Issues and Clinical Interventions across the Lifespan
  • Special Topics in Family Relations and Human Development
Graduate Accreditations/Approval
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Couple & Family Therapy
  • Family Relations & Human Development
Masters Comments

The Couple and Family Therapy program is one of two academic programs in Canada with COAMFTE accreditation. It is a two-year, continuous 24-month, program combining academic courses, research, and clinical training. The Family Relations and Human Development option draws on several disciplines in the study of family dynamics and individual development within the context of the family across the life-span. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to the study of family dynamics and individual development across the lifespan, this program emphasizes a balance between theory, empirical research and practice.

Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Family Relations & Human Development
Doctoral Comments

See master's program comments.

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.