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Practice with Families: Comparative Approaches


Program Summary:

  • Dates of Course: Due to NYU-Paris scheduling issues, this study abroad course will not be offered this year. Please check this webpage again during the Summer 2014 for updates about the availability of this course next year.
  • Location: Paris, France; classes held at NYU-Paris campus
  • Housing: In single occupancy studio apartments in the Oberkampf neighborhood (11th Arrondissement). The single occupancy studios are in an international student residence with an RA on site. Participants are welcome to make their own housing arrangements.
  • Total Credits: 3 credits
  • Available for: Master's, Doctoral and Continuing Education; Advanced undergraduates in relevant majors with permission of instructor.


  • 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 2014, 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.

Program Faculty:

Judith Siegel, PhD, Associate Professor of Social Work


  • Tuition and registration fees: $3656 (estimated) for 3 graduate credits.
  • Continuing Education non-credit participants pay 2/3 tuition of $2064.
  • 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 2013, date TBD.

For General Inquiries Contact

Eileen Wolkstein, PhD
Director, Global and Lifelong Learning

Stephanie Kaplan
Coordinator, Office of Global and Lifelong Learning