NSU HPD Catalog 2021-2022

Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine—Couple and Family Therapy Programs 171 (ADHD), and the implementation of a both/and perspective, using applied behavior analysis and systemic thinking. (3 credit hours) SFTM 5400—Internal Practicum I–II These two supervised clinical courses consist of the application of systemic therapy ideas and practices at the on-site Family Therapy Clinic. Prerequisites: SFTM 5310, SFTM 5320, SFTM 6340 (3 credit hours) SFTM 5700—Course Comprehensive Exam This course is a written exam that assesses the student’s ability to apply the theoretical knowledge gained across cases and topics based on coursework and clinical experiences. (3 credit hours) SFTM 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) SFTM 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) SFTM 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) SFTM 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 different types of losses in later life, paying particular attention to the concepts of anticipatory and disenfranchised grief. Students explore how loss is perceived among older adults from diverse ethnical and cultural backgrounds, paying particular attention to the variety of mourning traditions. In addition, the concept of resilience is introduced inviting students to become curious about diverse stories of healing. Offered fall term. (3 credit hours) SFTM 6300—External Practicum I–II Advanced clinical training and supervision is provided to enhance the practice of systemic therapy from strength-based, solution-oriented models of therapy that can be incorporated in a wide variety of community settings. Prerequisite: SFTM 5400 II (3 credit hours) SFTM 6320—Assessment in Marital and Family Therapy This course provides an overview of methods and instruments used to define problems and indicate solutions. Diagnosis, appraisals, assessments, and testing appropriate to the practice of marriage and family therapy are addressed. The course also includes a comparative study of interactional approaches and individual and family dysfunction assessments. Offered summer term. Prerequisites: SFTM 5310, SFTM 5321, SFTM 5400 I (3 credit hours) SFTM 6331—Diversity and Psychosocial Issues Human development in the context of family transitions across the life cycle—such as childbirth, childhood, adolescence, courtship, marriage, maturity, aging, and death—are reviewed. This course focuses on the diversity of psychosocial development across ethnicity, class, gender, race, age, and culture, with discussions and implications for interactional therapies and practices. Offered fall term. Prerequisite: SFTD 6200 I (3 credit hours)

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