NSU HPD Catalog 2023-2024

156 Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine—Couple and Family Therapy Programs and integrated with major models of family therapy. Therapy techniques appropriate for each stage of development will be explored. Offered fall term. (3 credit hours) SFTD 5050—Family Play Therapy This course will explore creative means of expression in therapy, including, but not limited to, art, music, sand tray, puppets, and other play-related materials. The use of these techniques with children, adolescents, and families will be discussed and practiced. This course is a preparation for those who may wish to focus on working with young children and/or on pursuing certification as a registered play therapist. It will also be useful to the general marriage and family therapists to add creative techniques to their repertoires. Offered summer term. (3 credit hours) SFTD 5110—Language Systems This course locates the practice of therapy within cultural, philosophical, and scientific domains; it uses notions about the relational nature of language as a means of examining, critiquing, and explicating therapeutic practice. Offered winter term. Prerequisite: SFTD 5006 (3 credit hours) SFTD 5120—Thinking Systems The study of systemic theory, particularly the ideas of relationship, difference, and context, is the focus of this course, which emphasizes the ideas of Gregory Bateson. Offered fall term. Prerequisite: SFTD 5006 (3 credit hours) SFTD 5300—Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy This course offers an in-depth explanation of accreditation and licensure organizations, along with the ethical codes they promote in family therapy and related fields. This includes a review of the therapist’s legal responsibilities and liabilities 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) SFTD 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: SFTD 6200 (3 credit hours) SFTD 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) SFTD 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) SFTD 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) SFTD 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)