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Paris, France

Practice with Families: Comparative Approaches


Program Summary:

  • Dates of Course: TBA
  • Location: Paris, France; classes held at NYU-Paris campus
  • Housing: TBD
  • Total Credits: 3 credits
  • Available for: Master's, Doctoral, and Continuing Education; Advanced undergraduates in relevant majors with permission of instructor and as space permits.


  • Social work and other mental health and psychological disciplines; humanities disciplines with an interest in the mental health field. Because the subject matter will vary from previous years, students are permitted to take this course again if they have taken it before.
  • Second year master's students may register for this course in fulfillment of their degree requirements and will be allowed to participate fully in Convocation May 2015, prior to completing the course. Graduating MSW students for whom this course completes the MSW degree requirements can attend the May ceremony, and will receive the degree subsequent to completing the course.

Academic Details/Program Curriculum:

  • For centuries France (Paris in particular) has been lauded as the “capital” of love. This intensive three- (3) credit elective will explore partner and family relationships and the practices and policies for working with families.
  • Students will examine the policies and services for same sex marriage, intimate partner violence and support for new parents, as reflections of social norms in the United States and France.
  • Students will also learn about the most prevalent clinical models for couples and family therapy in both countries, and consider the beliefs the underlay similarities and differences.
  • The course will examine help-seeking behavior regarding family problems, the expense and accessibility of family therapy and the education of clinicians who are preparing to work with couple, parenting and family relationships.
  • Through examining the beliefs, identified problems and approaches that guide clinical practice, students will become more aware of the tacit assumptions that inform family therapy in the United States, and in the capital of love.

Global Program Application and Registration Process

All students wishing to participate in the Paris global course must complete the application on this page. The application will be reviewed by the course director and instructor(s). Students will be notified of their application decision by the Office of Global and Lifelong Learning. Upon notification, each student is required to submit a non-refundable deposit of $150 within two weeks to hold his or her place in the course. The remainder of the housing and insurance balance due from the student must be paid by the date outlined in the acceptance letter.

Students do not self-register for global courses offered by NYU Silver. All students admitted to the course will be enrolled by the Office of Global and Lifelong Learning and the Registrar.

Program Faculty:

Judith Siegel, PhD, Associate Professor of Social Work


  • Tuition and Fees: Graduate tuition and fees: $3,939 (estimated) for 3 graduate credits, paid to the Bursar.  Continuing Education non-credit participants pay 2/3 tuition of $2,232, paid to the Office of Global and Lifelong Learning.
  • HTH Insurance: $10.50/week abroad.  Enrollment in HTH insurance is required for all students traveling outside of the United States for an NYU course.  The Office of Global and Lifelong Learning will enroll all students in HTH insurance. 
  • All lodging, travel, and personal expenses connected to the course are additional to the tuition and are the responsibility of the participant. Modestly priced housing, in the form of single occupancy studio apartments (no shares, no doubles) will be available for rental to course participants during the course session, cost to be announced soon.
  • Several extracurricular activities will be arranged for the study abroad participants. The nature and costs of these activities forthcoming.
  • A non-refundable deposit of the housing and activities fee will be due upon acceptance into the program, late fall 2014, date TBD.



For General Inquiries Contact

Eileen Wolkstein, PhD
Director, Global and Lifelong Learning

Stephanie Kaplan
Coordinator, Office of Global and Lifelong Learning