NSU HPD Catalog 2023-2024

Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine—Couple and Family Therapy Programs 155 SFTD 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, SFTD 5006, SFTD 5009 (3 credit hours) SFTD 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: SFTD 5006, SFTD 5009, SFTD 5010 (3 credit hours) SFTD 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: SFTD 5006, SFTD 5009, SFTD 5020 (3 credit hours) SFTD 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) SFTD 5037—Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention Suicide is one of the most dangerous actions in which depressed people engage that may, in fact, be preventable. This is true for those with suicidal ideation at all ages. This course will help the student learn how to identify the potential for suicide and how to respond and refer. Since suicide is often precipitated by situational crises, early intervention techniques, particularly the identification of suicide potential, is crucial. Suicide ideation is frequently seen in criminal defendants, especially those who make suicide attempts when first admitted to jail or prison. Suicide-by-cop and highly publicized intentional and random multiple-shooting events will be studied to better understand the shooter’s motivations and early identification. Effective suicide prevention and crisis intervention strategies will be explored. Offered winter term. (3 credit hours) SFTD 5038—Military Families This course will prepare the student to work with active military and veterans and their families. The course will cover the military culture as it interacts with the dominant culture, and trace the history of cultural conflict between these different ethics. In addition, course material will be presented on PTSD and Acute Stress Disorder as they particularly apply to military situations. The stresses of deployment and reintegration on the spouses and children of active-duty military and veterans will also be discussed. The student will become prepared to work in Veterans Administration and Department of Defense settings, after appropriate experience and licensure requirements are met. Offered fall term. (3 credit hours) SFTD 5039—Collaborative Divorce This course will provide information regarding career opportunities for marriage and family therapists working with families transitioning into divorce. It will cover collaboration with other professionals, such as attorneys and mediators. The student will be guided as to how to become certified as a mediator, parent coordinator, guardian ad litem, or collaborative practitioner. In addition, the course will be useful to those wishing to practice general marriage and family therapy, helping them to learn more about the experience of divorce in order to assist their clients. Offered fall term. (3 credit hours) SFTD 5040—Systemic Family Therapy IV Study of the complexities and subtleties of language and the art of therapeutic implication are focused on in this course, with discussions on the relationships between hypnosis and brief therapy. The course draws on the work of Milton Erickson as a primary resource. Offered winter term. Prerequisites: SFTD 5006, SFTD 5009, SFTD 5030 (3 credit hours) SFTD 5045—Group Psychotherapy This class is designed to provide an opportunity for students and professionals to develop a set of core competencies in general group work from a systemic perspective. These core competencies include knowledge of group theories, common group dynamics, common group types, and legal and ethical issues. During the course, students will also be introduced to various specialty/advanced-competency areas in group work. The development of core skills will occur through a combination of didactic lecture in group theory, classroom discussion, and an experiential group. Offered summer term. (3 credit hours) SFTD 5046—Human Development Across the Life Cycle This course covers the stages of the individual life cycle, and of the family life cycle, in a cultural context. The interplay of individual development, unique individual difference, culture, socioeconomic context, and family context will be considered