NSU HPD Catalog 2023-2024

Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine—Couple and Family Therapy Programs 149 DMFT 5001—Doctoral Seminar I In this general orientation to doctoral studies, students learn advanced ethics, diversity, and social justice while focusing on the research, writing, and library skills necessary for authoring papers in doctoral courses and for publications. Students take this course each of their first three terms. (1 credit hour) DMFT 5002—Doctoral Seminar II In this continuation of DMFT 5001, students are introduced to professional development opportunities in diverse settings, specific details regarding professionalism, program and portfolio requirements, internships, and dissertation. It is offered each term in second year. Prerequisite: DMFT 5001 (1 credit hour) DMFT 5003—Doctoral Seminar III In this continuation of DMFT 5002, students are tutored in the skills necessary to develop successful coursework, clinical, and academic/research portfolios as part of the doctoral program requirements. It is offered third year. Prerequisite: DMFT 5002 (1 credit hour) DMFT 5004—Reading/Writing/Editing Doctoral Scholars Excellent reading, writing, and editing skills are essential for family therapists who wish to make scholarly contributions to the field. Researchers, supervisors, and clinicians must be able to compose and publish clear descriptions of their work, and professors and journal reviewers must be able to read with discernment and effectively critique the writings of others. This course develops and hones the necessary skills for making such contributions. (3 credit hours) DMFT 5006—Introduction to Systems Theory This course provides an overview of theories that use metaphors of system, pattern, interaction, and communication to describe human behavior and relationships as well as the study of the emergence of theories from cybernetics to language studies. (3 credit hours) DMFT 5007—Research in Marriage and Family Therapy This course offers a review of quantitative and qualitative methods of inquiry, as exemplified in recent marital and family therapy research studies. It focuses on teaching students to be intelligent, critical consumers of research in the field. Offered winter term. (3 credit hours) DMFT 5008—Introduction to Marital and Family Therapy: Counseling Theories and Techniques An introduction and review of the history of marital and family therapy and the clinical approaches of interactional therapies are included in this course. The focus is based on basic therapeutic concepts and skills. Offered fall term. (3 credit hours) DMFT 5009—Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy This course offers a comparative study of theories of marital and family therapy, including systemic, structural, strategic, intergenerational, contextual, behavioral, experiential therapies, and others. It provides a survey of differences in clinical practices. Offered winter term. Prerequisite: DMFT 5006 (3 credit hours) DMFT 5010—Systemic Family Therapy I The study of those systemic therapies informed by cybernetics and oriented to the social organization of communication are included in this course. Emphasis is placed on the work of the Mental Research Institute and solution-focused brief therapy. Offered fall term. Prerequisites: Core courses, DMFT 5006, DMFT 5009 (3 credit hours) DMFT 5020—Systemic Family Therapy II This course centers on narrative therapy theory and practice. Students will extensively explore assumptions, including distinctions between structuralist and post-structuralist thought, which underline this model and contrast with other therapeutic models. Practice methods will focus on various maps and scaffolds that describe and organize narrative practices. Students will explore the application of these assumptions and practices to a range of therapeutic problems as well as diversity and community issues. Offered winter term. Prerequisites: DMFT 5006, DMFT 5009, DMFT 5010 (3 credit hours) DMFT 5030—Systemic Family Therapy III This course acquaints students with the basic concepts of the natural systems approach to family therapy. Emphasis is placed on family-of-origin issues, multigenerational systems processes, and biological/evolutionary contributions to the understanding of human systems. Offered fall term. Prerequisites: DMFT 5006, DMFT 5009, DMFT 5020 (3 credit hours) DMFT 5036—Infant Mental Health This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the growing field of infant mental health. Emphasis will be placed on clinical assessment and treatment of mental health issues among infants and their caregivers within the contexts of social, cultural, and family systems. This course is a preparation for those who may wish to become certified in the area of infant mental health. It will also be useful for those who wish to practice general marriage and family therapy and gain more knowledge of the early parenting years of the family life cycle. Offered winter term. (3 credit hours) Course Descriptions