NSU HPD Catalog 2020-2021

136 Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine—Family Therapy Programs • a sample of academic writing, either – a copy of an academic paper – a piece of professional writing • a personal statement (admission essay) that – is minimum 500 words – explains why applicant is interested in the family therapy certification program being applied to – explains the applicant’s professional goals – p rovides an assessment of the applicant’s ability to manage the challenges of graduate school – i ncludes any other information applicant would like to provide • a demonstration of English proficiency (any applicant whose native language is not English or who has graduated froma college or university where English is not the primary language, regardless of U.S. residency status) The standardized tests below currently satisfy NSU’s, and this program’s, English requirement for nonnative speakers. For a full list of English proficiency tests that are accepted by the university, please visit the website for NSU’s Office of International Affairs at nova.edu/internationalaffairs /students/prospective/language_proficiency.html . – Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): score of 213 on the computer-based or 79–80 on the Internet- based test – International English Language Testing System (IELTS): score of 6.0 – Duolingo English Proficiency: score of at least 100 Application for nondegree status by students holding a bachelor’s degree or higher will be considered by the Committee on Admissions through a review of the required records. An interview with the program director may be required. Graduate Certificate in Family Studies The Graduate Certificate in Family Studies is offered for nondegree-seeking applicants who are not enrolled in any of the department’s graduate programs. It is designed to train individuals who want to work with families in a variety of contexts, including as educators, community organizers, legal professionals, child care workers, or EAP counselors. Human relations professionals and business managers or supervisors, among many others, would also benefit from the application of systemic family principles to their efforts. This program takes advantage of NSU-KPCOM’s unique access to a multidisciplinary faculty, incorporating coursework in peace studies, violence prevention, consultation, school systems, and business systems. Our multidisciplinary approach prepares students to apply knowledge about family systems directly to their work environment and demands. The curriculum includes coursework on systemic thinking in family studies, topics in human and family systems development, gender issues, sexuality issues, violence in the family, and diversity issues. Curriculum Requirements The Graduate Certificate in Family Studies is a 24-credit-hour program (eight courses). Students who decide to continue their studies in family therapy may be able to apply some of these credit hours toward the M.S. in Family Therapy, the D.M.F.T., or the Ph.D. in Family Therapy, if accepted into one of those programs. Students may enroll full or part time, taking 3 to 9 credit hours per term. Students can expect to complete the certificate program in 10–15 months, depending on the pace of study. Summer attendance is required. Coursework includes SFTM 5310 Introduction to Systems Theories SFTM 5311 Substance Abuse/Addiction and Critical Issues in Systems Theory SFTM 5320 Introduction to Marital and Family Therapy SFTM 5350 Research in Marital and Family Therapy SFTM 6320 Assessment in Marital and Family Therapy SFTM 6331 Diversity and Psychosocial Issues SFTM 6332 Human Sexuality and Gender Elective Note: Electives are available, depending on student needs to fulfill the certificate requirements. This certificate will be presented to the student after all program requirements are successfully met. If, after taking classes in the Department of Family Therapy, a certificate-seeking student decides to pursue a degree in family therapy, the student must submit a newand complete application to the program to become a degree-seeking student and must meet all the requirements for admission to the specific family therapy degree program applied to. Previous coursework taken may be transferable if performance equals or exceeds the grade of B in the course. Graduate Certificate in Solution-Focused Coaching The Graduate Certificate in Solution-Focused Coaching is offered by the Department of Family Therapy for nondegree- seeking applicants who are not enrolled in any of the department’s graduate programs. Coaching, as an alternative to psychotherapy, is a growing field. According to the Canadian newspaper The National Post , personal coaching (which includes life coaching, career coaching, college coaching, and health and wellness coaching) is the second fastest growing profession in

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