NSU HPD Catalog 2023-2024

160 Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine—Couple and Family Therapy Programs SFTM 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) SFTM 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) SFTM 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) SFTM 5310—Introduction to Systems Theories This course provides an overview of theories that use metaphors of system, pattern, interaction, and communication to describe human behavior and relationships, as well as the study of the emergence of theories from cybernetics to language studies. (3 credit hours) SFTM 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. Prerequisites: SFTM 5400 I, SFTM 5321; Corequisite: SFTM 6300 (3 credit hours) SFTM 5320—Introduction to Marital and Family Therapy: Counseling Theories and Techniques An introduction and review of the history of marital and family therapy and the clinical approaches of interactional therapies are included in this course. The focus is based on basic therapeutic concepts and skills, including joining, listening, and conducting the initial interview through termination. Offered fall term. (3 credit hours) SFTM 5321—Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy This course offers a comparative study of theories of marital and family therapy, including systemic, structural, strategic, intergenerational, contextual, behavioral, experiential therapies, and others. It also provides a survey of differences in clinical practices. Offered winter term. Prerequisite: SFTM 5310 (3 credit hours) SFTM 5322—Clinical Practices in Marriage and Family Therapy This course examines applications of family therapy methods and counseling theories and techniques in specific situations, including divorce, child rearing, school issues, and others, and incorporates case study reviews. Offered fall term. Prerequisite: SFTM 5400 II, taken with SFTM 6300 (3 credit hours) SFTM 5330—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) SFTM 5335—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)