NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine—Couple and Family Therapy Programs 161 DMFT 6540—Independent Study in Family Therapy An independent study is developed with a faculty member of choice on a mutually determined, critical, family therapy topic that could include a specific research-based or clinical project or a grant-funded research project. This course is generally taken at the end of the second year or later to enhance a student’s independent studies and trainings. Prerequisite: Program approval required. (3 credit hours) DMFT 6550—International Perspectives in Counseling and Therapy This course is designed to review issues relevant to the practice of counseling, therapy, and human services work in an international context. Issues explored include the adaptation of western models of therapy for practice in other countries; immigrant family experiences and the relevance to clinical practice in the U.S.; and global ethical issues in counseling and therapy. Students will learn to become more sophisticated with regard to their understanding of family functioning and the role of counseling and therapy in an international context. Prerequisites: DMFT 5006, DMFT 5008, DMFT 5009, DMFT 6200 I, II. Offered summer term. (3 credit hours) DMFT 6558—Couples Therapy: Theory and Application In this course, students will examine their own experiences, biases, and values about couples and working with couples, as well as the historical development of couples therapy. Students will learn current clinical approaches to couples therapy and evidence-based models for working with couples. Students will examine current couple and marital research, as well as assessment instruments used for working with couples. Students will examine specific professional, ethical, and legal issues associated with couples work. Issues of diversity and a commitment to multicultural exploration are demonstrated and interwoven throughout all discussions as students explore specific areas of work with couples, such as extramarital affairs, intimate partner violence, divorce, step-parenting, and health and illness. Offered winter term. (3 credit hours) DMFT 6570—School-Based Family Counseling This course offers training to work in educational settings utilizing brief, solution-oriented, and strength-based approaches to school issues. It will assist those therapists seeking a Certified Educational Planner credential. Offered summer term. Prerequisite: DMFT 6200 I (3 credit hours) DMFT 6590—Advanced Bowen Systems This course advances the study of the concepts of the natural systems approach to family therapy, family-of-origin issues, multigenerational systems processes, biological/evolutionary constructions to the understanding of human systems, and the practical applications across multiple disciplines. Offered summer term. (3 credit hours) DMFT 6600—Preliminary Review This course is an organized review of, and personal reflection upon, the collective body of work students have produced during their progress through their first year. A written selfreview of professional growth, personal growth, and responses to challenges, along with other significant contributions, is submitted for faculty review. (3 credit hours) DMFT 6630—Grief and Loss The personal beliefs and philosophies regarding dying, loss, and death are explored. Bereavement across the life cycle, including developmental issues relating to adults and children and their understanding of loss, is reviewed. The manner in which other cultures create meaningful rituals for life and death will be presented. Offered summer term. (3 credit hours) DMFT 6650—Coursework Portfolio This course is an organized review of, and personal reflection upon, the collective body of work students have produced during their progress through the course curriculum. A written self-review of professional growth, personal growth, and responses to challenges, along with other significant contributions, is submitted in an electronic format that will include all course syllabi, papers, presentations, and other relevant data that reflect a successful doctoral student. (3 credit hours) DMFT 6750—Clinical Portfolio This course provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their clinical competence, creativity, and theoretical clarity in a manner and setting similar to that which could be expected in a job interview situation. This culmination of in-house clinical training allows students to demonstrate the full range and depth of their clinical skills and theoretical knowledge through a written statement of treatment philosophy, case study, and video presentation. (3 credit hours) DMFT 6875—Course Comprehensive Exam This course is a written exam assessing the student’s ability to apply the knowledge gained across cases and topics based on coursework. (3 credit hours) DMFT 6950—Applied Clinical Project (ACP) This course is a capstone experience of the students’ demonstration of ability to be able to articulate and demonstrate to other mental health professionals their unique area of systems-based practice expertise. The ACP should be a project the student carries out under faculty supervision from concept, to proposal, to implementation, and finally through eventual evaluation of the effectiveness of the program. (3 credit hours)

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