NSU HPD Catalog 2023-2024

Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine—Couple and Family Therapy Programs 151 in mental health and family law, insurance claims, and private practice management with inclusion of an overview of professional opportunities in public service and training programs. Offered fall term. (3 credit hours) DMFT 5311—Substance Abuse/Addictions and Critical Issues in Systems Theories This course addresses the application of modern and postmodern ideas to substance abuse, addictions, and critical issues in the practice of therapy. Emphasis is placed on the application of modern and postmodern ideas to substance abuse, addictions, and critical issues based on research, theories, practice, and treatment. Also included are other critical issues of culture, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, violence, and other areas of critical concern in social systems. Offered summer term. Prerequisite: DMFT 6200 (3 credit hours) DMFT 5340—Grant Writing and Funding Opportunities This course provides students with knowledge of how to assess, identify, and write grants to acquire funding opportunities in agency and treatment facilities. Offered winter term. (3 credit hours) DMFT 5355—Introduction to Equine-Assisted Family Therapy This course will provide students with an introduction to all aspects of equine-assisted mental health approaches. Beginning with an overview of the rapidly growing animalassisted therapy field, the course will cover in greater depth equine-assisted psychotherapy, team building, and therapeutic riding programs. Through hands-on experience working with horses, students will be introduced to the equine-assisted family therapy model being developed as a collaborative effort between NSU’s Family Therapy Program and Stable Foundations, an independent, equine-assisted therapy program in the community. Offered fall and winter terms. (3 credit hours) DMFT 5359—Medical Family Therapy I: Introduction to Medical Family Therapy Students receive an orientation to the field of medical family therapy that focuses on the biopsychosocial-spiritual perspective; psychosocial stages of illness; and collaboration between the couple/marriage and family therapists, health care providers, and clients/patients and their families. An in-depth study of clinical skills that translate well within health care settings will be presented. A case study method will be used to examine the impact of language, culture, beliefs, and specific chronic, debilitating, and terminal diseases upon the experience of illness. The biopsychosocial-spiritual issues surrounding specific medical conditions throughout the life cycle will be presented. (3 credit hours) DMFT 5360—Medical Family Therapy II: Grief and Loss Personal beliefs and philosophies regarding death and dying and grief and loss will be explored. Bereavement across the life cycle, including developmental issues relating to children’s understanding of loss, will be reviewed. The manner in which other cultures create meaningful rituals for life and death will be presented. Self-of-the-therapists around issues of grief and loss will also be explored. Considerations related to the sense of loss in non-death-related experiences will also be discussed. (3 credit hours) DMFT 5361—Developing a Private Practice in Coaching and Therapy This course examines applications of family therapy methods and ideas in private practice settings. It will prepare students to develop a private practice as a marriage and family therapist, a career/college/health and wellness coach, or both, depending on previous background and additional coursework. Students will learn the basics of developing a referral base, understanding managed care and insurance systems, and developing workshops and community outreach. The ethics of private practice and the need for practitioner self-care will also be stressed. This course will be useful for those planning a private practice career as all or part of their professional journey. Offered summer term. (3 credit hours) DMFT 5362—Solution-Focused Coaching This course prepares the student for professional practice as a solution-focused coach. In this course, the distinctions between therapy, education, and coaching are clearly presented, and the student learns basic skills and approaches to solution-focused coaching. Students will also be educated on specializations in career, college, health and wellness, and other specific types of coaching practice. Offered summer term. (3 credit hours) DMFT 5363—Advanced Equine-Assisted Family Therapy This course will utilize an equine-assisted, experiential model to provide students with an opportunity to explore and develop their awareness of the Self of the Therapist (SOTT). Additionally, through clinical role plays incorporating application of marriage and family therapy theories and models, students will learn to conduct equine-assisted clinical and training sessions with a variety of populations and presenting issues. Students will apply different interventions and activities involving the horses and mock clients in role-play situations and will be expected to intentionally incorporate a systemic, relational approach in all sessions. The course readings will also integrate concepts from other clinical and theoretical coursework to facilitate students’ abilities to consistently connect the systemic family therapy framework with an equine-assisted approach. (3 credit hours)