Students continue to gain experience in marriage and family therapy by providing individual, family, and group therapy services in approved practicum sites while under class supervision of the Marriage and Family Therapy faculty. Students should demonstrate increasing levels of competency assessed through direct supervision by clinical site supervisors and by course faculty. The seminar will include case conferences, presentation of therapy sessions via video recordings, and documentation of clinical work. Students will continue to accumulate hours of supervised clinical experience toward licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist.

Students will gain experience in marriage and family therapy by providing therapy services in our approved practicum site while under class supervision of the MSC faculty. Students should demonstrate appropriate levels of competency assessed through direct supervision by clinical site supervisors and by course faculty. The seminar will include case conferences, presentation of therapy sessions via video recordings, and documentation of clinical work. Students will begin to accumulate hours of supervised clinical experience toward licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist. 

This course introduces assessment, diagnosis, and prognosis of mental disorders for children and adolescents. Study will emphasize the use of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5-TR). Students will explore issues of prevalence, classification, phenomenology, course, and comorbidity. This course will highlight a developmental psychopathology perspective wherever appropriate. 

Students will explore the clinical application of assessment as an essential part of mental health care. Students will develop a foundation for using assessment procedures to better understand the individuals, families, and groups they will care for. Emphasis will be given to concepts necessary for the selection, administration, scoring and interpretation of individual and group tests.

In this course, students will strengthen their theoretical understanding and application of family therapy. Students will focus on the development of personal theory, professional development, and therapeutic change/outcome in their work with family systems. Building on the introductory overview of couple and family therapy theories in Therapy with Children, Adolescents and their Families, students will focus on selecting and applying counseling interventions with couples and families.

This course introduces substance use, co-occurring disorders, theories of addiction and recovery. Students will explore the psychoactive and biological effects as well as medical and legal aspects of substance use. The course covers social factors that can contribute to increased risk for different populations. Students will learn methods of screening, assessment, and diagnosis of substance use disorders including Motivational Interviewing. Students will gain an understand of, and apply skills related to prevention, harm-reduction, and evidence-based treatment models. Community resources for support will also be explored.

This course will explore the evolution, philosophy, and methodologies of contemporary psychotherapy, postmodernism, and the innovative third wave therapies. Students will critically analyze divergence from traditional models, ethical considerations, and integration in clinical practice. Students will gain comprehensive insights into these contemporary approaches enabling them to evaluate their efficacy in diverse clinical contexts.

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