This course aims to help students understand different approaches in working with couples with marital distress. It examines the underlying philosophical assumptions, the major theoretical constructs and the application of marital therapy in Hong Kong. It also aims to enhance knowledge and skills of students in dealing with marital impasse and working with emotional reactivity of couples. Apart from helping students integrate the theoretical concepts of marital therapy in practice, the course also helps students develop competence in working with couples and cultivate their personal style of helping. Focuses will be lay on the application of marital therapy in working with couples with various concerns such as extra marital affairs, issues of family origin, or one party suffering from depression.