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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - RCS6503
Tracking Number - 1526

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2010-05-10
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Approved by GC 10/19/09; Sent to USF SCNS Office 11/23/09; SCNS disapproved - too similar to MHS 6430, 6432, 6433. Dept will use MHS courses

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2009-09-08
  2. Department: Dean's Office
  3. College: BC
  4. Budget Account Number: 1257000
  5. Contact Person: Sandra Reynolds
  6. Phone: x9750
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: RCS
  9. Number: 6503
  10. Full Title: Family Therapy, Theory, and Techniques
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Family Ther Theory Tech
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: This course will cover the theoretical and practical aspects of treating families from the first interview through termination. Restricted to majors.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed as part of recent program/concentration/certificate change
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This is not really a new course; it is part of the sequence for the Marriage and Family Therapy Concentration in the MA in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, as well as required in the Certificate in Marriage and Family Counseling. The Department wants to convert it from Selected Topics to a permanent course number.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 3 or more times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Terminal degree in Rehabilitation & MH Counseling or related area.
  29. Objectives: 1.Introduce students to a theoretical map that can guide their clinical decisions and conceptualization of families.

    2. Introduce students to systemic evaluation and intervention techniques that are used to help families who have requested assistance in improving their interactional patterns and quality of life.

    3. Familiarize students with specific problems that families are faced with and how to work with those situations.

    4. Give students skills and knowledge during class activities and in their clinical work outside of class.

  30. Learning Outcomes: At the end of this class, students will able to:

    1. Use a theoretical map to guide their clinical decisions and conceptualization of families.

    2. Systematically employ evaluation and intervention techniques that are used to help families who have requested assistance in improving their interactional patterns and quality of life.

    3. Demonstrate knowledge of specific problems that families are faced with and how to work with those situations.

    4. Apply new skills and knowledge during class activities and in their clinical work outside of class.

  31. Major Topics: Initial contact /joining

    Assessment and treatment plan

    Basic Treatment skills




    Getting unstuck/strengths/termination

  32. Textbooks: 1. Patterson, J., Williams, L., Grauf-Grounds, C., & Chamow, L. (1998). Essential Skills in Family Therapy. NY: The Guilford Press.

    2. Minuchin, S. & Fishman, C. H. (1981). Family Therapy Techniques. Harvard University Press.

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Grades based on:

    Reading/journal 40

    Participation 25

    Group presentation and paper 135

    Final exam 100

    Total 300

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: May 12th Syllabi/Intro to family systems

    May 19th Initial contact /joining Minuchin Ch3 & Patterson Ch. 2 and 3

    May 26th Assessment and treatment plan Patterson Ch 4 and 5 & Minuchin Ch 4 and 5

    June 2nd Basic Treatment skills Patterson Ch 6 & Minuchin Ch 6

    June 9th Enactments/focus/intensity Minuchin Ch 7-9

    June 16th Restructuring/Constructions/Realities Minuchin Ch10, 14, & 15

    June 23rd Boundaries/unbalancing/Complement Minuchin Ch 11-13

    June 30th Getting unstuck/strengths/termination Patterson Ch10 and 11 & Minuchin Ch 17

    July 7th Presentations Patterson Ch 7 & 9

    July 14th Final exam/Presentation Study

  36. Attendance Policy: Class Participation and Attendance: Due to the application portion of the course class attendance is mandatory. If you anticipate being absent from class due to a religious observance, please let me know by the second class. After the first meeting, two full or partial absences will result in a letter grade penalty and three an incomplete or failing grade in the course. Students having substantial conflicts with attending class this semester should not begin the course. Classroom behavior consistent with USF standards for student conduct is also required. The flu is the only exception to this rule. If you are showing flu symptoms please do not attend class but notify me ahead of class that you are missing for that reason.

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting: USF requires attendance at the first class so that the university can effectively utilize classroom space and ensure that all students have maximum opportunity to enroll in classes where demand exceeds availability of seats.

    Students are required to attend the first class meeting of undergraduate courses for which they registered prior to the first day of the term. Names of students who register prior to the first day of the term are printed on the first class roll for each course section. The first class roll is used by professors to drop students who do not attend the first day of class. Students having extenuating circumstances beyond their control and who are unable to attend the first class meeting must notify the instructor to the department prior to the first class meeting to request waver of the first class attendance requirement. Students who add course or late-register during the first week of classes will not be on the first class roll and, therefore, will not be dropped for nonattendance by the instructor. To avoid fee liability and academic penalty, the student is responsible for ensuring that he/she had dropped or been dropped from all undesired courses by the end of the 5th day of classes.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Punishment for Academic Dishonesty: The punishment for academic dishonesty depends on the seriousness of the offense and may include assignment of an “F” or a numerical value of zero on the subject paper, lab report, etc., and “F” or an “FF” grade (the latter indicating academic dishonesty) in the course, suspension or expulsion from the University. A student who receives an “FF” grade may not use the university’s Grade Forgiveness Policy if the course is subsequently repeated. An “FF” grade assigned to indicate academic dishonesty is reflected only on internal records and prevents the student from repeating the course using the Grade Forgiveness Policy. If a student who has been accused of academic dishonesty drops the course, the student’s registration in the course will be reinstated until the issue is resolved. Notice that a student has been dismissed for reasons of academic dishonest may be reflected on the student’s transcript with the formal notation: Dismissed for Academic Dishonesty.

    • Procedures for Alleged Academic Dishonesty or Disruption:

    • Student Academic Grievance Procedures --

    Plagiarism: Plagiarism is defined as “literary theft” and consists of the unattributed quotation of the exact words of a published text, or the unattributed borrowing of original ideas by paraphrase from a published text. On written papers for which the student employs information gathered from books, articles, web sties, or oral sources, each direct quotation, as well as ideas and facts that are not generally known to the public at large, or the form, structure or style of a secondary source must be attributed to its author by means of the appropriate citation procedure. Only widely known facts and first-hand thoughts and observations original to the student do not require citations. Citations may be made in footnotes or within the body of the text. Plagiarism also consists of passing off as one’s own segments or the total of another person’s work. If you are not sure please bring the material to the instructor for guidance. The student who submitted the subject paper, lab report, etc. shall receive an “F” with a numerical value of zero on the item submitted, and the “F” shall be used to determine the final course grade. It is the option of the instructor to assign the student a grade of “F” or “FF” (the latter indicating dishonesty) in the course.

    Cheating: Cheating is the (a) the unauthorized granting or receiving of aid during the prescribed period of a course-graded exercise; students may not consult written materials such as notes or books, may not look at the paper of another student, nor consult orally with any other student taking the same test; (b) asking another person to take an examination in his/her place; (c) taking an examination for or in place of another student; (d) stealing visual concepts, such as drawings, sketches, diagrams, musical programs or scores, graphs, maps, etc., and presenting them as one’s own; (e) stealing, borrowing, buying, or disseminating tests, answer keys or other examination material except as officially authorized, research papers, creative papers, speeches, other graded assignments, etc.; (f) stealing or copying of computer programs and presenting them as one’s own. Such stealing includes the use of another student’s program, as obtained from the magnetic media or interactive terminals or from cards, print-out papers, etc. Punishment will be based on the University guidelines for academic dishonesty.

    Hearings: An expedited emergency hearing may be held before an academic administrator appointed by the dean or by the appointed academic committee in cases that involve the safety, health or welfare of any student or staff member.

  38. Program This Course Supports: MA in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling; and Certificate in Marriage and Family Counseling
  39. Course Concurrence Information: Restricted to Majors.

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