NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine—Couple and Family Therapy Programs 145 Family Therapy program provides training using a relational/ systemic theoretical lens in work with individuals, couples, families, groups, and organizations. The program curriculum emphasizes the ethical and professional practice of couples and family therapy, offering professional and scholarly services to the community, including culturally and sexually diverse populations and other marginalized groups. Through these practices, the program demonstrates a commitment to issues of cultural and sexual diversity, inclusion, and international sensitivity. The program provides a global perspective of research, scholarship, and service and participates in reflective practices through self-evaluation and input from our communities of interest as we strive tomaintain the highest professional standards. The Ph.D. in Couple and Family Therapy program strives to develop students who are committed to advanced academic and clinical practice and who are prepared for leadership in the field of couple and family therapy through research, supervision, teaching, and clinical theory and practice. Additionally, students in the Ph.D. program are committed to servicing the community as ethical practitioners and focusing on the relational strengths and resources of clients with an appreciation and respect for inclusion and cultural and sexual diversity. The Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy (D.M.F.T.) is a practitioner-oriented program with the primary emphasis of producing professionals whose chief contributions will be as clinicians, supervisors, and applied researchers in the field of couple, marriage, and family therapy. Graduates of the D.M.F.T. program are trained to practice in the community within ethical and professional bounds and systemic/relational models. Graduates will be able to work on multiple levels in agencies, treatment facilities, medical offices, and other locations, while serving the communities and focusing on inclusion, diversity, and cultural issues across all settings. Course of Study Students are considered to be full-time if they complete 6 credit hours each semester. It is recommended that students follow the Course of Study/Degree Plan for their program. A student on financial aid considering completing less than the scheduled credit hours in any given semester/term should discuss this with a financial aid office prior to the time of registration. Master’s Degree Program Students must complete their program within five years from the date of first enrollment. This means that students are expected to graduate with the Master of Science degree within this time period. Doctoral Degree Programs Students must complete their program within seven years from the date of first enrollment. This means that students are expected to graduate with the D.M.F.T. or Ph.D. degree within this time period. In order to remain an active andmatriculated student, registration is required in every semester until the completion of degree requirements, unless a leave of absence has been granted. Failure to remain in continuous registrationwill be deemed the student’s formal withdrawal from the program. All other program, center, and university requirements will be in effect. Master’s Degree en Route Students enrolled in the Ph.D. in Couple and Family Therapy, and D.M.F.T. degree programs oftentimes complete master’s degree-level core courses to achieve readiness to begin doctoral-level courses. In doing so, these students may complete the requirements for an M.S. in Couple and Family Therapy degree and may be eligible to request, be considered for, and be awarded a master’s degree. For a master’s degree to be awarded to a doctoral student, the student must be in good academic standing; have maintained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5; have remained actively enrolled; and must have requested, in writing, to be evaluated for this “Granting of a Master’s degree” provision. Graduate Certificate in Family Studies Students who are enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree program in the Department of Couple and Family Therapy, but are unable to complete the program, may be eligible to request, be considered for, and be awarded a Graduate Certificate in Family Studies. Students must be in good academic standing, actively enrolled, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. The program director and department chair will review each student request to determine if the requirements set forth are met. A decision will be made and communicated, in writing, by the program chair. If approved, the student will be eligible to submit a degree application. All NSU degrees are awarded by the Nova Southeastern University Board of Trustees, upon the recommendation of the faculty. The Graduate Certificate in Family Studies does not prepare a student to practice as a couple and family therapist or become a licensed marriage and family therapist. Accreditation and Authorization The M.S. and the Ph.D. programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). The AAMFT is located at 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314-3061. coamfte.org/coamfte

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