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MFT 620 Structural, Strategic & Systemic Family Therapies

This course is designed to provide students with a foundational understanding of the dynamics of family interaction from a ‘systems’ perspective. This course is an introduction to the history and systemic foundations of the study and understanding of family life with emphasis on the various theories of family process and development. The development of an understanding of ‘systems theory’, its application to family interaction, and its evaluation will form the basis of the course content. Topics include: historical and conceptual development of Family Systems Theory, introduction to General Systems Theory, family rules, roles, structure and interaction patterns, functional and dysfunctional family systems, life cycle issues in marriage and family and ethnicity and family therapy. Three credit hours.

MFT 631 Family & Couple Therapy Skills

This course is designed to prepare students for their first practicum experience.  The course will emphasize the development of beginning practice skills.  Students will explore theoretical perspectives on marital and family assessment, along with a thorough examination of assessment techniques and treatment planning strategies and develop effective treatment planning strategies. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: None

MFT 640 PSYCHOPATHOLOGY IN THE FAMILY SYSTEM

This course provides students with the most current information regarding the etiologies and subsequent treatments of the most prevalent mental illnesses in our society from a systemic perspective. Three credit hours.

MFT 651 Social Constructionist Theories

This course examines social constructionist theories and constructivist models within the field of marriage and family therapy.  The course examines the theoretical foundations and how to apply them to a variety of clientele, such as couples, children and adolescents.  The use of these theories with mental disorders, such as anxiety and depression is also explored through research, theory and practice. Prerequisties: None. Three credit hours.

MFT 661 Transgenerational Theories

This course is designed to examine and implement the transgenerational theories of marriage and family therapy.  The transgenerational theories go beyond typical treatment models, to discuss issues such as family evolution and human behavior. These models have had a major impact on the field of family therapy, and are crucial to understanding many of the current treatment models in the field.  This course provides an in-depth look at some of the key theorists in the transgenerational approach. Further, these ideas will be discussed in relationship to gender, culture, sexual orientation, and power and privilege. Finally, all of these theories will be examined from the three-pronged approach of theory, research, and practice. Prerequisites: None. Three credit hours.

MFT 670 Family Law & Ethical Issues in Family Therapy

This course will focus on the ethical principles and professional standards of therapy practice, and survey the ethical and legal issues facing the professional Family and Marital therapists.  It will also incorporate family law aspects of marriage, divorce, paternity, child custody, property, and spousal support.  Students will review professional goals, objectives, roles and functions of Marital and Family therapists.  This course also examines ethical and legal standards, risk management, professional credentialing and standards for professional counselors. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: None.

MFT 671 CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION WORKSHOP

This online course prepares students who are required by law to report suspected child abuse or maltreatment to the New York State Central Register. The course is designed to help students understand the risk factors associated with child abuse, as well as to recognize emotional, physical and sexual abuse of children. Students will learn their roles and responsibilities as mandated child abuse reporters. Non-credit bearing.

MFT 680 TREATING DIVERSE POPULATIONS

This course is designed to provide students with a general framework for understanding issues related to therapy with diverse populations, different cultures and lifestyles. The influence of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, socioeconomic status, and sexual orientation will be explored. Three credit hours.

MFT 690 HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND THE FAMILY LIFE CYCLE

This course introduces students to the major theories that have shaped the marriage and family therapists’ understanding of human growth and development from conception, childhood and adolescence, to early, middle and late adulthood. The stages of family-life cycle are examined at three different levels of analysis: individual, systemic, and relational ethical. Major psychological tasks of each stage are presented with an examination of potential problems. Family dysfunctions at each stage are also considered from a systemic point of view as compared to other, more individually oriented theories, such as behaviorism, psychodynamic and developmental theories. Three credit hours.

MFT 701 MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY PRACTICUM I

This course provides 75 hours of the 500 global hours of clinical experience treating couples and families under supervision of a licensed marriage and family therapist. Over the course of practicum I-IV, students will provide at least 300 hours of direct contact with couples, families and/or individuals with marital or family issues. Of those hours, 250 must be with families and couples. Students will receive at least one hour of weekly supervision at their practicum sites, and they will participate in a weekly on-campus supervision. Particular emphasis is placed on developing initial clinical skills to assess and conceptualize cases from a theoretical perspective. Prerequisites: MFT 640 Psychopathology in the Family System and MFT 671 Child Abuse Workshop. Three credits.

MFT 702 MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY PRACTICUM II

This course provides 125 hours of the 500 global hours of clinical experience treating couples and families under supervision of a licensed marriage and family therapist. Over the course of practicum I-IV, students will provide at least 300 hours of direct contact with couples, families and/or individuals with marital or family issues. Of those hours, 250 must be with families and couples. Students will receive at least one hour of weekly supervision at their practicum sites, and they will participate in a weekly on-campus supervision. Particular emphasis is placed on enhancing skills to assess and conceptualize cases from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Prerequisites: MFT 701. Three credit hours.

MFT 703 MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY PRACTICUM III

This course provides 150 hours of the 500 global hours of clinical experience treating couples and families under supervision of a licensed marriage and family therapist. Over the course of practicum I-IV, students will provide at least 300 hours of direct contact with couples, families and/or individuals with marital or family issues. Of those hours, 250 must be with families and couples. Students will receive at least one hour of weekly supervision each week at their practicum site, and they will participate in a weekly on-campus faculty supervision. Particular emphasis is placed on self of the therapist and refining the skills of assessing and conceptualizing cases from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Prerequisites: MFT 702. Three credit hours.

MFT 704 Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum IV

This course will provide 150 hours of the 500 global hours of clinical experience treating couples and families under supervision of a licensed marriage and family therapist. Over the course of practicum I-IV, students will provide at least 300 hours of direct contact with couples, families and/or individuals with marital or family issues. Of those hours 250 must be with families and couples. Students will receive at least one hour of weekly supervision each week at their practicum site, and they will participate in practicum faculty supervision on a weekly basis on campus. Emphasis is placed on students refining and enhancing their clinical skills and self of the therapist. Students will also complete a capstone project. Prerequisites: MFT 703. Three credit hours.

MFT 705 Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum V

This course will provide 75 hours of the 500 global hours of clinical experience treating couples and families under supervision of a licensed marriage and family therapist. Over the course of practicum I-V, students will provide at least 500 hours of direct contact with couples, families and/or individuals with marital or family issues. Of those hours 250 must be with families and couples. Students will receive at least one hour of direct supervision each week at their practicum site, and they will participate in practicum faculty supervision on a weekly basis on campus. Emphasis is placed on students refining and enhancing their clinical skills and self of the therapist. Students will also complete a capstone project. Prerequisite: MFT 704. Three credit hours.

MFT 720 Research Methods in Marriage and Family Therapy

This course is designed to enable graduate level students to read and understand existing research literature, to understand principal research methods and to apply research principals to the conduct of research projects. This course surveys the major methodologies for conducting research, and focuses on research report development, publication of data, and ethical considerations in conducting research. Students will also be introduced to the statistics necessary for describing and analyzing data. Special emphasis will be placed on reviewing marital, couple and family research.  Three Credit hours. Prerequisites: None.

MFT 730 SEX THERAPY

This course provides a foundation for the treatment of couples, by addressing common presenting issues such as child-rearing problems, partner abuse (emotional and physical), jealousy and conflicts regarding affiliation, gender roles, and issues of intimacy and sexuality. This course also present an overview of the field of sex therapy, by introducing students to sexual dysfunction and an overview of treatment techniques. Three credit hours.

MFT 740 Substance Abuse and Violence in the Family System

This course presents a survey of the leading theorists and concepts in the field of family therapy. Students will become better acquainted with this field of therapy and will acquire skills necessary to work with families who are affected by violence and substance abuse. Prerequisites: None. Three credit hours.

MFT 761 Trauma and the Family

In this course students will critically examine theories and research on the manifestations of trauma on the individual and the family.  Systemic and relational influences on recovery from trauma will be highlighted.  The course will examine various approaches to trauma including EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, and Family therapy interventions for trauma treatment will be reviewed. Prerequisites: None. Three credit hours.

MFT 762 CHILD AND ADOLESCENT THERAPY

This course is a didactic and experiential to provide students with the knowledge, awareness and skills necessary to treat children and adolescents.  Analysis, synthesis and appropriate application of child development and MFT theories is emphasized with a focus is on clinical practice, diagnostic skills, play, art therapy and family systems interventions. Students will be challenged to examine issues that may impact their effectiveness as therapists with children and adolescent.  Ethical guidelines, historical development of the field, research findings and standards of practice are also examined. Prerequisites: None. Three credit hours.

MFT 763 SEX THERAPY II

This course is designed as an extension of MFT 730 sex therapy.  This course will provide students with knowledge on working with sexual trauma and greater detailed approaches to sexual dysfunctions and sexual desire.  Prerequisites: MFT 730 Sex Therapy.  Three credit hours.