NSU HPD Catalog 2023-2024

Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine—Couple and Family Therapy Programs 157 SFTD 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) SFTD 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) SFTD 5365—Advanced Addictions Treatment This course will review evidence-based systemic models of addictions treatment. It will cover the history of the DSM diagnosis of addiction, the general systemic approach to addiction, and a description of how each marriage and family therapy model (including narrative, structural, and solutionfocused brief therapy, among others) approaches addiction treatment. The opioid crisis and federal drug policy will be discussed. (3 credit hours) SFTD 5367—Working with Autism and ADHD: Applied Behavior Analysis and Systemic Thinking This course reviews prevalent neurobiological disorders, specifically autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and the implementation of a both/and perspective, using applied behavior analysis and systemic thinking. (3 credit hours) SFTD 5410—Quantitative Research I This course covers fundamental concepts and practices in quantitative research method by introducing measurement and statistics, questionnaire development, and experimental and quasi-experimental research designs for the study of human sciences. Exemplary studies from family therapy literature are included. Offered summer term. Prerequisite: SFTD 5007 or equivalent (3 credit hours) SFTD 6110—Systems Application in the Family Life Cycle of Aging This course will provide a focus on the major concepts of systems thinking as applied to the family life cycle of aging. The class will focus on foundational concepts of systemic theories associated with the work of Gregory Bateson, Humberto Maturana, and Heinz von Foester. Students will have an opportunity to explore interactional theories informed by cybernetics, language, and natural systems metaphors in the framework of the aging process. This course will provide not only an opportunity to learn about systemic theories, but also a possibility to reflect on applications of such theoretical concepts while examining the process of aging and family interactions involving older adults. Offered winter term. (3 credit hours) SFTD 6120—Relationships in Aging Multidimensional in nature, aging invites diverse health care professionals to work together to examine its various aspects. This course will offer students an opportunity to reflect on diverse relationships among older adults themselves, senior health care consumers and their health care providers, and various health care professionals who are taking care of the aging population. The role modification in the American household, romantic relationships in later life, and the societal outlook on the process of aging are just a few topics addressed in this class. Students will also examine current needs and requirements of the working environment with older adults, including the subject of integrative primary care and the necessity of multidisciplinary teamwork. Offered winter term. (3 credit hours) SFTD 6130—Caregiving in the Family Caregiving constitutes a challenging experience for the whole family. This course will provide an opportunity to examine diverse characteristics of the caregivers, emotional and physical issues associated with caregiving, and existing resources implemented to support families and caretakers. In addition, students will have an opportunity to examine the notions of well-being and quality of life as applied to those providing and receiving care. While reflecting on the caregiving process, students will use concepts from such theoretical frameworks as constructivism, social constructionism, and general systems theory to investigate diverse perceptions and ideas about caregiving. Providing theoretical guidelines, this class will also give students a possibility to acquire attuned therapeutic skills to provide assistance to caregivers and their families. Offered summer term. (3 credit hours) SFTD 6140—Grief and Loss in Aging Loss has multiple faces, especially when growing older. The experiences of loss are uniquely tinted by our cultural framework, spiritual beliefs, family traditions, and individual values. This course offers students an opportunity to examine