Practice with Families: Comparative Approaches

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About the Course

FACULTY: Judith Siegel, MSW, PhD, Professor of Social Work

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.
  • Dates: Tentative dates, subject to change: June 5 - 20, 2020 with two mandatory predepature sessions in NYC May 27 and June 3, 3:00-5:40pm. Remote attendance is possible for the predeparture sessions. 
  • Credits: 3 elective credits
  • Note for 16-month students: Students in the 16-month program are unable to be absent from field or class in the summer session; given the compressed nature of the program there is insufficient time available to make up missed field hours. 16-month students can, however, take a Jterm global course the winter of their second year, when they are on the same schedule as the two year program.
  • Note on Summer Courses: Summer courses count toward summer credit. This may affect your financial aid needs for the year, and for graduating seniors may affect your graduation status. Make sure to check with financial aid and your academic advisor early on.


  • NYU Silver MSW students
  • Graduating MSW students may participate in this course in fulfillment of their degree requirements and will also be allowed to participate fully in Convocation May 2020 (however, please note that official degree conferral will not occur until September 2020)
  • NYU graduate students at other schools and non-NYU graduate students at other universities are considered on a space-available basis


  • Tuition and Fees: Graduate tuition and fees, paid directly to the Bursar.
  • GeoBlue Insurance: $64. Enrollment in GeoBlue 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 GeoBlue insurance.
  • Estimated Housing: $870 ($58/night for 15 nights) for single room accommodation with in-room bathroom. 
  • Estimated Airfare to Paris: $1,000 (estimated, from New York; dependent upon booking date)
  • Meals: A departure dinner will be held on the last night of the course.  Students are responsible for any additional meals. Excursions: $50 plus extra for travel outside Paris for optional weekend excursion.
  • All other expenses are the responsibility of the student.

Study Abroad Course Application and Registration Process

For information on how to apply to this program, visit our Application and Registration Information page.

This application closed on December 1, 2019

Paris Scholarship Application

To apply for a scholarship, visit our Scholarship Application page.

This application closed on December 15, 2019



Stephanie Kaplan
Assistant Director, Office of Global and Lifelong Learning


Judith Siegel
Professor of Social Work