NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

148 Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine—Couple and Family Therapy Programs 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. Human relations professionals and business managers or supervisors, among many others, would also benefit fromthe 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 research, addiction, diversity, and assessment inmarital and family therapy. 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. The certificate does not prepare students to practice couple and family therapy or become a licensed marriage and family therapist. It provides additional knowledge for those who are already educators, legal professionals, or health care professionals who want to increase their understanding of couple and family systems. Curriculum Requirements The Graduate Certificate in Family Studies is a 24-credit-hour program (eight courses). 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/Addictions and Critical Issues in Systems Theory SFTM 5320 Introduction to Marital and Family Therapy: Counseling Theories and Techniques 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. Graduate Certificate in Solution-Focused Coaching The Graduate Certificate in Solution-Focused Coaching is offered by the Department of Couple and Family Therapy for nondegree-seeking applicants who are not enrolled in any of the department’s graduate programs. Solution-focused coaching is a growing field in both Canada and the United States. 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 Canada, second only to information technology. Here in the United States, the profession has also seen considerable growth. NSU’s couple and family therapy programs are nationally and internationally known for expertise in solution-focused therapy, which is an excellent fit with the brief, goal-oriented nature of personal coaching. This certificate is offered to those seeking a career as professional personal coaches. Curriculum Requirements The Graduate Certificate in Solution-Focused Coaching is a 15-credit-hour program (five courses). Coursework includes SFTM 5310 Introduction to Systems Theories SFTM 6333 Theories of Personality and Psychopathology SFTM 5335 Human Development Across the Life Cycle SFTM 5357 Developing a Private Practice in Coaching and Therapy SFTM 5362 Solution-Focused Coaching This certificate will be presented to the student after all program requirements are successfully met. Nondegree-Seeking Students A nondegree-seeking student is one who wishes to take a course in the Department of Couple and Family Therapy, but does not intend to pursue a degree in couple and family therapy at the time of application. Enrollment in the courses does not guarantee acceptance into a couple and family therapy degree-seeking program. After taking classes in the program as a nondegree-seeking student, the student must submit a complete application to a specific family therapy degree program to become degree-seeking. The student must also meet all the requirements for admission of the specific program. Graduate students fromother NSU programs who elect to take couple and family therapy courses may do so with the written consent of the program director. The university reserves the right to modify any requirements on an individual basis as

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