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Practicum & Examination Requirements

D.M.F.T. students acquire clinical and supervision hours based on the following criteria:

Internal Practicums

Details regarding Practica and the department clinic, the Brief Therapy Institute (BTI), are available in the Policies and Procedures Manual. Policies and Procedures are distributed each trimester to students attending practicum and are available online.

Nova Southeastern University and the Department of Family Therapy require that all students complete two HIPAA course requirements before seeing clients in the clinic. Also, all students are required to complete background checks which include fingerprinting during the first week of the term, and prior to seeing clients. Contact the Internship Coordinator for more information.

A student's progress in their Internal Practicums is assessed each term in terms of a set of skills (described below) considered necessary for the successful practice of family therapy.

For detailed information regarding the practicum requirement please see the catalog.

Preliminary Review, Clinical Portfolio and Applied Clinical Project

As a requirement for completing the D.M.F.T. program, students submit for faculty evaluations that include a Preliminary Review of their progress during the summer term of their first year. They also prepare and submit a Clinical Portfolio that includes a written and video presentation of their clinical and supervision work at the end of their second year. The portfolio requirement is also designed to help students become better able to present their work in professional contexts, such as seeking employment and academic exchange. And, at the end of a student's third year, a paper and presentation of their Applied Clinical Project is required.

Each requirement is intended to address major training and academic goals of the program and the student's progress throughout their program. This review process represents a stepping stone experience for students as they prepare to undertake their Applied Clinical Project work. Successful completion of each component indicates that the student is able to plan, undertake, and complete increasingly sophisticated projects, requiring independence of both thought and motivation.

These components and their requirements are described in detail and can be found in the CAHSS catalog.

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