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Arlene Brett Gordon, Ph.D.

Arlene Gordon
Director, Brief Therapy Institute
Dept. of Family Therapy
Phone: (954) 262-3032 Fax: (954) 262-3968
Office: Maltz 1082


  • Ph.D. Nova Southeastern University
  • M.S. Nova University
  • M.S. Queens College
  • B.S. Long Island University

Professional Interests

Arlene Brett Gordon, Ph.D., is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Florida, Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Family Therapists (AAMFT), and a state and AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Currently, she is the Director of NSU's Brief Therapy Institute (BTI). BTI houses both the Family Therapy Clinic and the Medical Family Therapy Clinic in the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Gordon was an early childhood educator in both New York and then in 1981 at NSU’s University School. In 1990, she began her studies in Family Therapy at NSU. Her clinical practice has been greatly influenced by the work of Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer, the founders of Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) who she met as a doctoral student in 1992. Dr. Gordon collaborated with Insoo on projects for over 15 years providing SFBT trainings and consultations to community service agencies.

In 2016, Dr. Gordon and a team of doctoral therapists collaborated with representatives from the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine to establish a Medical Family Therapy (MedFT) clinic in NSU’s Ziff Medical Clinic. At the MedFT Clinic, clinicians provide therapeutic services to patients referred by their NSU’s physicians and residents.

Dr. Gordon has participated on three NSU’s Quality of Life Grants and one Chancellor’s Faculty Research and Development Grant on topics focusing on family members’ support for children or adults living with a chronic challenge.

Dr. Gordon continues to provide SFBT trainings in the tri-county area, as well as nationally and internationally. At NSU, she developed a series of solution-focused webinars to support and reinforce practitioner’s use of SFBT. She is currently on the board of directors for f.a.c.e.s. (Family and Co-Parenting Enrichment Services). Dr. Gordon continues to collaborate with other colleges at NSU as well as in our local community agencies.

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