Marriage and Family Therapy Courses

Group Dynamics (SFT 530)

This course is a conceptual and experiential introduction to theory and practice of group therapy. It provides students with an understanding of group therapy approaches and models, issues of group leadership, styles of leadership, and group facilitation skills. It is designed to provide students with techniques, skills, and experiences in group membership and leadership. It provides a solid understanding of the process of group dynamics through experiential exposure, as well as systemic concepts and interventions. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Multicultural Therapy (SFT 540)

This course is designed to introduce students to multicultural theory and cultural issues involved in counseling. The course emphasizes both the cultural components and the social/political nature of several social groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, age, religion, and ability, among others. Topics of prejudice and discrimination as well as cultural differences among and within these groups are discussed. This course stretches students to become culturally competent therapists through increased self-awareness of one’s perceptions, preconceptions, expectations, and behaviors towards various social groups. Must be completed with a grade of B- (2.67) or higher for continuation in the Art Therapy program. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Couples and Family Systems (SFT 550)

Provides overview of history of MFT field, including introduction to systems theory and its application to therapy. Students are also introduced to the major theoretical schools within MFT including structural, strategic, experiential, intergenerational, and feminist-informed. Must be completed with a grade of B- (2.67) or higher for continuation in the Art Therapy program. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Couples Therapy (SFT 551)

Examines major schools of couples therapy including cognitive-behavioral, object-relations, IMAGO, emotionally-focused, and solution-focused. Common presenting problems are studied with emphasis on treatment strategies. Role-plays, videotapes, and case review are utilized to demonstrate method and techniques. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Family Therapy (SFT 552)

This course is designed to prepare students for entry into the actual practice of family therapy. Students learn application of structural and general systems theory as they develop the skills of practicing as a family therapist. This course builds knowledge and skills, as well as creates a foundation for the practicum year. Observations, clinical supervision, role plays, videotapes, case conceptualization, clinical assessment, and treatment planning are utilized to demonstrate method and techniques. This course must be taken in the spring semester directly prior to entering SFT600. If for any reason a student does not begin practicum directly after passing this course, she/he may be required to take SFT553. Prerequisites: SFT550 and SPY520. Permission of program director required. Students must earn a grade of B (3.0) or higher. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Families in Larger Systems (SFT 570)

Examines the relationship between families and public-sector larger systems including schools, social service agencies, hospitals, and the criminal justice system. A macrosystemic perspective is used to teach assignments, interviewing, and interventions. Impact of race, class, and gender are addressed. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Contemporary Issues in Cl. Practice (SFT 595)

A clinical practice course exploring one clinical issue or approach in depth. Students develop treatment plans and interventions using role-play, simulations, videotape demonstrations, and case presentations to explore particular areas of couples and family therapy. Topics include family therapy and addictions, teens at risk, life-threatening illness, or other areas of study drawing on the expertise of regional practitioners. Prerequisites: SFT551 and SFT552 or permission of the program director. Summer. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Practicum I (SFT 600)

The first of three seminars focusing on the integration of theory and practice. Taken while students are engaging in their internships, 168 direct contact hours are commonly completed at students’ designated internship sites. Students are required to do case presentations reflecting on: family structure, psychodiagnostics, treatment planning, socio-cultural context, self-of-the-therapist issues, managed care requirements, and referrals. Audio or video taping of casework is required as is live supervision of cases when available. Prerequisites: SFT540, SFT552, and SPY590. Permission of the program director required. Fall, spring, and summer. 3 credits. Pass/Fail course. Fee.

3 Credits.

Practicum II (SFT 610)

Second of three seminars. See description for SFT600. Prerequisite: SFT600. Permission of the program director required. Fall, spring, and summer. Pass/Fail course. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Practicum III (SFT 620)

Third of three seminars. See description for SFT600. Prerequisite: SFT610. Permission of the program director required. Fall, spring, and summer. Pass/Fail course. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Integrative Seminar: Marr & Fam Th (SFT 900)

This course is the final structured learning activity in the program. Its primary purpose is to stimulate awareness of how students have integrated their theoretical understanding with clinical practice. In addition, students participate in an assessment of personal and professional competencies. Future learning goals are articulated as the student’s career path is defined. Pre- or co-requisite: SFT 610. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Psychopathology (SPY 500)

Reviews major categories of psychopathology from the perspective of the clinician. Includes study of psychiatric diagnosis and classification (DSM IV), etiology, epidemiology, assessment, and case management for a range of disorders. Must be completed with a grade of B- (2.67) or higher for continuation in the art therapy program. Summer. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Lifespan Development (SPY 510)

A theoretical and empirical exploration of individual and family development. Physical, cognitive, and socioemotional changes are examined from a variety of developmental frameworks. Emphasizes application of developmental concepts in professional settings. Must be completed with a grade of B- (2.67) or higher for continuation in the art therapy program. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Counseling: History and Practice (SPY 515)

Examines the development of marriage and family therapy and counseling professions, major contemporary theories of counseling and MFT and psychotherapy, the relationship of the theories studied to clinical practice, and the components of an adequate theory. Students articulate their own developing theoretical orientations. Must be completed with a grade of B- (2.67) or higher for continuation in the art therapy program. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Interpersonal Processes (SPY 520)

Theories and skills of psychotherapy. Students learn to conceptualize client issues, assess the usefulness of a variety of treatment modalities and approaches, and respond emphatically and effectively as psychotherapists. Role-playing and peer counseling are utilized to enhance students’ therapy skills and self understanding. This course is a prerequisite to continuation in the art therapy and marriage and family therapy programs, and to SFT552. This course must be completed with a grade of B (3.0) or higher. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Assessment (SPY 525)

Teaches skills for individual and family assessment and evaluation, including interviewing and observational techniques; selection, administration, and interpretation of individual and group tests; and family assessment techniques. Must be completed with a grade of B- (2.67) or higher for continuation in the art therapy program. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Human Sexuality (SPY 545)

Explored from physiological, socio-cultural, family life cycle, and psychological perspectives. Lecture, media presentation, clinical case analysis, and participants’ experiences are utilized to understand human sexuality. Spring. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Vocational and Career Counseling (SPY 565)

Prepares counselors to assist a variety of people in all stages of life development in their career planning and selection process. Career developmental theories and assessment tools. Examines career development from a systemic perspective and an understanding of contextual influences. Must be completed with a grade of B- (2.67) or higher for continuation in the art therapy program. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Professional, Legal, Ethical Issues (SPY 590)

Ethical and legal standards for art therapists (AATA), marriage and family therapists (AAMFT), and counselors (ACA). Students learn through readings, role-playing, and scenarios about ethical decision-making, legislation governing therapy practice, and professional identity issues. Must be completed with a grade of B- (2.67) or higher for continuation in the Art Therapy program. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Introduction to Research Methods (SPY 915)

Introduces students to fundamentals of research methodology. Both quantitative and qualitative methods are covered. Students learn how to critically evaluate and apply the implications of research to the practice of marriage and family and art therapy. Must be completed with a grade of B- (2.67) or higher for continuation in the art therapy program. Summer. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

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