Individual Courses

Individual Courses

CFR offers non-matriculating students the opportunity to take courses in our Post Graduate Certificate Program in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Register for Individual Courses!

Courses may be taken individually for Continuing Education (CE) credit for Master’s level (or above) mental health professionals. Participants are awarded 30 CEs per 10-week course for $1,050* and 15 CEs per 5-week courses for $525*, contingent upon 100% class attendance.

*Prices are subject to change from year to year. 

Please email Tiffani Smoot, Academic Administrator, regarding rates for current CFR students, staff, and alumni.

4th Quarter Courses

Mini Course: Understanding Military Culture and Mental Health for Veterans and Families

Instructor: Nancy Isserman and Will Barnes
Dates: Tuesdays, June 13, 2023- July 11, 2023
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

This course will focus on the unique cultural factors associated with military service and veteran’s status that affect th establishment of an effective therapeutic relationship. The role of both acute and chronic stressors that accompany military life and reintegration into civilian life will be examined. The tension between empathy and vulnerability within the therapeutic relationship and a culture in which vulnerability and help-seeking are often perceived to be stigmatizing will be explored to identify the potential client and systemic barriers clinicians will face in providing mental health counseling to this population.

Topics include: stressors specifically related to military life and duties, including the impact of the military deployment cycle, combat and other dangerous military duty exposures, family separation, and reintegration from military service to civilian life. There will be a specific focus on family issues, women in the service and post deployment, grief and loss, suicide, moral injury, military sexual trauma, PTSD, TBI, IPV, substance abuse, and intergenerational trauma. Multimedia material and case studies are incorporated into the course.

Mindfulness in the Therapeutic Encounter

Instructor: Margot Stein
Dates: Wednesday May 24, 2023 – June 28, 2023

Mindfulness, defined as paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, without judgment, is being used in a growing range of psychotherapeutic interventions. This course offers a combination of experiential explorations of mindfulness practice, and didactic content regarding the application of mindfulness in the therapeutic encounter. It balances two emphases: personal development as a mindfulness practitioner, and professional development through understanding the theory, empirical research base, and essential skill sets for application of mindfulness in the therapeutic setting.

The course will support the cultivation of a personal mindfulness practice, as well as providing guidance in bringing mindfulness into everyday life through informal practice.  The course will also focus on applications of mindfulness in clinical contexts.  Students will explore the historical and theoretical background of meditation in psychotherapy, get an overview of the evidence base supporting mindfulness-based interventions, review the neurobiology of mindfulness practice, and consider the applications of mindfulness in therapeutic dyads as well as larger systems.  Students will learn several mindfulness practices for immediate use with clients.  Time will also be devoted to group supervision in the use of these practices.

Mini Course: Social Responsibility and the CMFT Community

Instructor:Tasnim Sulaiman
Dates: Fridays June 4, 2021- July 9, 2021
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

MFT’s work in varied settings with individual, couples, families and groups, but whatever the setting or the therapeutic modality, they bring with them a systemic orientation that involves the consideration of each client within both the smaller systems of their familial and romantic relationships, and the larger systems they are a part of, including race, ethnicity, sex, gender, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual orientation, the wider culture of which they are a part, etc. MFT’s working with multidisciplinary teams may be the only ones carrying a systemic orientation, and as such must be rooted in their understanding of the value added by this point of view.

This five-week course aims to facilitate the development of an MFT identity, in the context of competency in working with diverse clients affected by privilege and oppression, and amongst colleagues in non-traditional clinical settings. Students will learn about practice with marginalized and underserved communities, and minority groups. Emphasis will also be placed on building skills in multidisciplinary collaboration and practice within defined contexts.

3rd Quarter Courses

Theory and Practice of Family Therapy

Instructor: Frani Pollack and Andrew Fussner
Dates: Mondays, February 27, 2023 -May 8, 2023
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

This course reviews theories of Family Therapy within a historical perspective. Approaches reviewed include narrative, psychoeducation, structural, intergenerational, feminist, interactional, communication, and psychodynamic models. The use of case studies, critical discussions, and role plays will be used to deepen students’ understanding of different models. The course will also include an understanding of family developmental stages, economic strains, cultural differences, and larger systemic influences. Throughout the course we will be viewing and discussing videos of well-known family therapists in addition to segments of contemporary films depicting family interactions.

Adult Development from a Family Systems Perspective

Instructor: Michele Southworth
Dates: Tuesdays February 14, 2023- April 25, 2023
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

This course is designed to tie together a number of streams of information about normative adulthood, the individual and family life cycle, and how gender and ethnicity, sexual orientation, culture and class impact life cycle processes.  We will consider the range of possible adaptations to the biology of adult development, including pair-bonding, sexuality, parenthood and aging, as well as the impact of personality, family of origin, society and culture on intimate relatedness, family, work and friendship in the course of adult life.

Students will consider their own lives and clinical cases from different theoretical perspectives to deepen their understanding of adult development, clinical interventions, and what they bring to treatment in the person of the therapist.  In addition, you will prepare a presentation and write a series of papers to more fully explore issues of adult development in the context of your own life and family of origin.

Professional, Ethical and Legal Issues in Systems Therapy

Instructor: Alexis Bove
Dates: Fridays March 3 2023-May 12, 2023
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

This course is designed to familiarize the student with professional and ethical issues common to systems-oriented therapy. It begins with a conceptual overview of professional ethics, grounded in the AAMFT Code of Ethics. We will review the steps toward clinical membership in AAMFT, as well as toward state licensure as a marriage and family therapist in PA, NJ, and DE. We will discuss the function of our state licensing boards and practical ways of keeping abreast of changes in law and state rules and regulations.

Issues critical to establishing a sound therapeutic relationship (e.g., informed consent and confidentiality) are covered. Issues relevant to the treatment of children are highlighted with a review of legislation in PA affecting the consent to treatment and access to records of minors, as well as the reporting requirements in situations of suspected child abuse.  Laws that set limits on client confidentiality, including reporting suspected child abuse and protecting others from imminent danger, are reviewed. The essentials of good record-keeping practices are covered, along with a consideration of access to records through subpoenas and court orders. We review the basics of evaluating and managing the treatment of suicidal clients, including risk assessments. We then discuss the ethical and legal issues involved in the care of violent and dangerous clients. We will also speak to the issue of how to respect the diversity of our clients when working with sexual minorities. We will then move to a consideration of how the personal vulnerabilities of the therapist may impact the therapeutic relationship to produce boundary violations detrimental to the client.

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