NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine—Couple and Family Therapy Programs 157 DMFT 5037—Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention Suicide is one of themost dangerous actions inwhich 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) DMFT 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) DMFT 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) DMFT 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: DMFT 5006, DMFT 5009, DMFT 5030 (3 credit hours) DMFT 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 (during the second part of each class meeting). Offered summer term. (3 credit hours) DMFT 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 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) DMFT 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) DMFT 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: DMFT 5006 (3 credit hours) DMFT 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: DMFT 5006 (3 credit hours) DMFT 5130—Crisis Management This course provides students with advanced skills in crisis management for the expansion of their supervision and training of other professionals. Offered winter term. (3 credit hours) DMFT 5140—Advanced Micro Skills This course provides students with the most advanced micro skills in clinical work, giving them the resources for training and overseeing supervisees and becoming mentors of other mental health professionals. Offered fall term. (3 credit hours)