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MFT 671 - Addictions Counseling  3 Credits

This course provides students with a synthesis of research based, family systems/cognitive-behavioral interventions for substance abuse treatment, primarily alcoholism. Two key assumptions of the course are that addictions are bio-psycho-social-spiritual disorders and that treatment is most successful when it occurs in a relational/systemic context. Major emphasis will be on learning assessment tools, acquiring motivational interviewing skills, and familiarizing oneself with the Community Reinforcement Approach, the Community Reinforcement Approach Family Training, and Volpicelli’s BRENDA models. The role of spirituality and needs of diverse populations will also be covered.

MFT 674 - Emotion Focused Therapy for Couples  3 Credits

This course will familiarize the student with Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT), an empirically-validated approach to working with couples who are experiencing marital distress. EFT offers a comprehensive theory of adult love and attachment, as well as a process of healing distressed relationships. Through a series of nine steps, this experiential–systemic therapy focuses on helping partners restructure the emotional responses that maintain their negative interaction patterns. This course fulfills the externship requirements toward Certification as an EFT Therapist.

MFT 675 - Satir Family Therapy  3 Credits

This course will explore the family systems model of counseling developed by Virginia Satir known as the Human Validation Process Approach. It will cover Satir’s treatment of family dysfunction and balance, concepts of individual growth and development, family roles and rules, the 4 communication styles, and assessment and intervention techniques such as genograms, family life chronology, family sculpting, and family reconstruction.

MFT 676 - Gottman Couple Therapy  3 Credits

Gottman Method Couples Therapy (GMCT) is a research-based approach to therapy. Emphasizing application, all learning components of this course are designed to have immediate relevance to the practice of couples therapy. Course participants will be introduced to Gottman’s research as a foundation for GMCT. Gottman Institute assessment tools and other relevant marital self-report measurements will be learned. This course is recognized as the equivalency of Dr. John Gottman’s professional workshop Level I: Bridging the Couple Chasm: Gottman Couples Therapy: A NEW Research-Based Approach.

MFT 677 - Trauma and Family Therapy 3 Credits

This course gives the student an opportunity to do focused study in a specialized area of Marriage and Family Therapy. It will help students to broaden and deepen their knowledge of the field, challenge them to do in-depth critical research of current issues and concepts, and promote growth in skills that are relevant to ministry in this field.

MFT 682 - Child and Adolescent Therapy 3 Credits

This course offers an innovative approach to exploring current theoretical trends and therapeutic strategies when working with children, adolescents and their families. The course will be taught from a systemic perspective while taking into account the special needs of the individual child. One of the major components of the course will involve Dr. Gordon Neufeld’s Intensive course: Making Sense of Kids. The course will explore the dynamics of “stuckness” in childhood and adolescence through Dr. Neufeld’s comprehensive attachment-based developmental model. This course will cover a three-pronged approach to effecting deep and lasting change, with a deeper look at the interplay of attachment, maturation and vulnerability.

MFT 683 - Family Life Cycle and Adult Development  3 Credits

This course focuses on cognitive, physical, sexual, emotional and spiritual development of the person throughout the lifespan, from birth to death. Students will examine central concepts related to parameters of human individual and social development – with a focus on the Family Life Cycle, from both a conceptual and personal perspective. Focus is also on clinical assessment and diagnosis, treatment planning, case management and therapeutic interventions as they relate to transitional crisis across the lifespan, appropriate to the cultural and developmental sensitivities of the client and the family.

MFT 691 - Counselling Internship I 2 Credits

Students will participate in a clinical supervision group on campus under the direction of a faculty supervisor. The supervision group meets two hours per week for a period of 12 weeks. Students will also meet weekly for one hour of individual supervision with their on-site supervisor. Supervision will include collaborative conversations regarding the student’s clinical performance as well as personal and professional development. Attention will be given to client issues of diversity that are related to aspects of age, gender, sexual orientation, health/ability, culture, ethnicity and spirituality. Prerequisite MFT 590

MFT 692 - Counselling Internship II 2 Credits

Students will participate in a clinical supervision group on campus under the direction of a faculty supervisor. The supervision group meets two hours per week for a period of 12 weeks. Students will also meet weekly for one hour of individual supervision with their on-site supervisor. Supervision will include collaborative conversations regarding the student’s clinical performance as well as personal and professional development. Attention will be given to client issues of diversity that are related to aspects of age, gender, sexual orientation, health/ability, culture, ethnicity and spirituality. Prerequisite MFT 590

MFT 693 - Counselling Internship III 2 Credits

Students will participate in a clinical supervision group on campus under the direction of a faculty supervisor. The supervision group meets two hours per week for a period of 12 weeks. Students will also meet weekly for one hour of individual supervision with their on-site supervisor. Supervision will include collaborative conversations regarding the student’s clinical performance as well as personal and professional development. Attention will be given to client issues of diversity that are related to aspects of age, gender, sexual orientation, health/ability, culture, ethnicity and spirituality. Prerequisite MFT 590