NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

164 Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine—Couple and Family Therapy Programs SFTD 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. Offered summer term. (3 credit hours) SFTD 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) 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 5140—Advanced Micro Skills This course will introduce students to systemically focused clinical micro skills for use in the advancement of their own clinical work, development of self-supervision, and as a tool for supervising other clinicians. Students will advance through micro skills at basic, therapeutic, epistemological, model, and advanced skill levels via role plays, observing other clinicians, transcript, and video/audio recording analysis. (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 5301—Agency Practice and Organizational Consulting This course examines applications of family therapy methods and ideas in community and agency settings including in-home, residential, outpatient, and inpatient settings. The course will prepare students to work in the community and learn and refine their skills as related to completing clinical documentation; learning and meeting requirements of different funding sources; preparing safe aftercare and discharge plans; and working collaboratively with clients, families, and representatives of larger systems involved with such clients. Students will learn about managed care, Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance systems. They will also learn rules and regulations related to working with different funding sources and Federal and State funding systems. Students will learn techniques of agency administration and organizational consultation. This course will be useful to those seeking careers in agencies, hospitals, and managed-care settings, as well as for the general marriage and family therapist. Offered summer 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, teambuilding, 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

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