Modern Families, 3-5 ECTS (School of Health and Social Studies)

Would you like to learn more about the diversity of modern families and get tools for multiprofessional collaboration? 

Course content

Modern Families is a Master's level course of 3-5 ECTS credits which will be organised 6 June - 10 June 2022 at Jyväskylä, Finland.

The course provides you tools to recognize the possibilities to work with modern families in your field of expertise. You will also learn about the importance of empowerment of families and to know how to strengthen and support parenthood.

During the course you will deepen your theoretical thinking on supporting families and parenthood and learn to reflect on the research evidence critically and openly to introduce family centered methods into your field of expertise. 

Course programme

Please note that some changes may occur.

Monday 6.6. - F208, Rajakatu 35

9.00-9.30 
Welcome to Summer School and Introductions

9.30-11.00
Orientation: Themes and assignments of the week

12.00-13.00 
Key Lecture: At the borderline of family part 1: Living of elderly people (and younger ones) in self organized communities
Lecturer Mr Ralf Reiche / Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS)

13.00-15.00
Discussion about subject

15.00-15.30 
Reflection

Tuesday 7.6. - F208, Rajakatu 35

9.00-10.30
Learning to coparent in transition to parenthood - Highlights from the international longitudal research
Docent Ms Kaisa Malinen, jamk

10.30-11.30
Workshop: How to support first-time parents?

12.30-14.30 
Key Lecture: Online game-based parental groups to support first-time parents - 
Senior Lecturer Ms Katja Kokkinen, jamk

14.30-16.00
Workshop: How to use gamification to support family services

16.00-16.30 
Reflection

16.30-21.00
Evening at Varjola with the summer school students of the School of Business
The buss will leave from Rajakatu 35 at 16.30 and from Varjola at 20.30

Wednesday 8.6. - F208, Rajakatu 35

9.00-11.00 
The Transition to Parenthood
1. The birth of the parents
3. The birth of the family (multiple families)
4. The transition to parenthood in the 21st century – The Parent Voice

Ph.D, Lecturer Ms Ronit Roth, School of Behavioral Sciences, The Academic College of Tel-Aviv Yaff

11.00-11.30 
Discussion and introduction to workshop

12.30-15.30 
“Parenting styles”, Attitudes and Practices 
1. Traditional “parenting styles” – are they still relevant?
2. Old vs. modern parenting practices – an ecological view
3. The effect of the media on parenting practices
4. How to work with parents?

Ph.D, Lecturer Ms Ronit Roth, School of Behavioral Sciences, The Academic College of Tel-Aviv Yaff

15.30-16.00
Reflection

Thursday 9.6. - C119, Rajakatu 35

9.00-11.00
Working with parents: An Integrative Model – Theory, research, and therapy
1. Different models for working with parents
2. How developmental science affects intervention with parents
3. Attachment theory as the basis for intervention
4. The basic principles of the Integrative Model

Ph.D, Lecturer Ms Ronit Roth, School of Behavioral Sciences, The Academic College of Tel-Aviv Yaff

11.00-11.30 
Discussion and introduction to workshop 

12.30-15.30 
Working with Parents: An Integrative Model – Practical principles and processes
1. Drawing the individual’s attachment map
2. The caregiving system
3. Intervention tasks    
4. Conclusion

Ph.D, Lecturer Ms Ronit Roth, School of Behavioral Sciences, The Academic College of Tel-Aviv Yaff

15.30-16.00           
Reflection

Friday 10.6. - C119, Rajakatu 35

9.00-11.00
Field visits in Jyväskylä

11.00-12.00 
Key Lecture: At the borderline of family part 2
Living of elderly people with foreigners or in foreign countries 

Lecturer Mr Ralf Reiche / Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS)

12.00-13.00 Closing Ceremony 

Course administration fees

The administration fees vary according to the applicant's status.

  • Students from jamk partner institutions abroad: administration fee varies according to the length of stay (1 week/300€, 2 weeks/500€, 3 weeks/650€-690€, Online Summer School Fee 100€/course)
  • Students from non-partner institutions: study fee varies according to the length of stay (1 week/500€, 2 weeks/700€, 3 weeks/1050€, Online Summer School Fee 100€/course)
  • For student groups special rates will be negotiated. More information from the contact person of each programme.

Jyväskylä, city of students

Jyväskylä has four beautiful seasons ranging from warm green summers to crisp white winters. The city, located in Central Finland, is surrounded by numerous beautiful lakes and scenic nature. Finland and Jyväskylä are safe places to study and live in. Jyväskylä is a city of students, where every 3rd person that you pass by is a student. The city is very dynamic. Take a look at the sports and cultural activities, not to mention the restaurants and cafés. One of JAMK’s international students was very surprised to get her lost wallet back. This can actually happen in Jyväskylä! Honesty is the hallmark of Finnish culture.

  • a pocket size metropol with a lively urban centre
  • all the services, shops, schools and work are close at hand
  • a wide variety of leisure and sport activities
  • a modern centre for industry and learning
  • situated between lakes and hills
  • population over 140,000

More information

Pauliina Soanvaara

Tuntiopettaja, Lecturer
HYVI Terveysala, Health Studies
Hyvinvointi, School of Health and Social Studies
+358504703916

Mervi Kuustie

Asiantuntija, Specialist
HYVI Terveysala, Health Studies
Hyvinvointi, School of Health and Social Studies
+358505218598

Suvi Ylänen

Suunnittelija, Administrative Planner
HYVI Hallinto, Administration
Hyvinvointi, School of Health and Social Studies
+358405498343