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Foundations in Systemic Therapy I

Overview of micro-counseling skills and an introduction to systemic therapy, use-of-self, and initial client engagement. Ashley Bowers

Marriage and Family Studies I

Systemic Theory and Change: Introduction to the fundamental concepts of systemic change, understanding and intervening in relationship systems.
Elena Hennick

Marriage and Family Therapy I

Developing Effective Interventions: In-depth exploration of systemic interventions with an emphasis on Structural and Strategic therapy.
Ray Hoffmann

Marriage and Family Therapy II

Solution Focused and Narrative Therapy: Understanding and clinical application of brief, strength-based therapeutic models.
Phyllis Lardinois

Marriage and Family Therapy III

Assessment and Diagnosis: Introduction to diagnostic interviewing using DSM IV criteria and collaborative treatment planning.
Eric Weiner

Marriage and Family Therapy IV

Couples Therapy: Introduction to systemic models for working with couples. Examination of basic principles of assessment and treatment of sexual issues in family therapy.
Eric Habrel

Marriage and Family Therapy V

Assessment and Systemic Treatment of Substance Abuse: Assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of substance abuse issues in individuals and families.
Dan Hermsen

Marriage and Family Therapy VI

Advanced MFT Theory-Integration into Practice: Systemic models reviewed, demonstrated, and compared to assist practitioners in developing appropriate strategies for a variety of treatment situations and for preparing the National MFT licensing exam.
Karol Wendt

Marriage and Family Therapy VII

Integrating Youth in Family Therapy:Conceptual framework and practical skills for fully integrating youth into family therapy.
Kevin O'Brien

Individual and Family Development I

Multigenerational Theory and the Life Cycle of the Family: Foundations of understanding individual differentiation, family transitions (divorce, blending families, death and loss) and implications for treatment. Systemic application of attachment theory.
Betsy Cocos

Professional Studies I

Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues: Introduction of AAMFT Ethics Code, issues related to ethical decision making, managing legal expectation in practice. Didactic and experiential processing of ethical issues, development of individual practice standards, and dealing with complex legal issues in practice.
Mark Hirschmann

Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum II Classroom Component

Use of Self in Therapy: Examine the interface of personal experiences, beliefs, and values in the therapeutic process. Development of a final paper that illustrates integration of practice style, marriage and family therapy theory and the self of the therapist.
Ann Marie Starr and Jorena Lewandowski

Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum I, II & III

Supervised Clinical Practicum: Must hold a Marriage and Family Therapy Training License issued by the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing.

  1. Enrollment in weekly clinical team for live supervision. Commitment to see three to six clients per week.
  2. Enrollment in twice monthly group supervision. Commitment to see five to ten clients per week.
  3. Individualized supervision contract to meet required supervision/clinical hour ratio. One to four credits

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