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Practice with Families: Comparative Approaches

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Program Faculty:


  • 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 2017, 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.


  • Tuition and Fees: Graduate tuition and fees, paid directly to the Bursar. Undergraduate tuition (senior BSW students only, must interview): Please review the University’s tuition structure for undergraduates:, paid to the Bursar.
  • GeoBlue Insurance: $28.30. 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: NYU offers housing in single room accommodations (with in-room bathrooms) at $53.90/night.
  • 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. 
  • Welcome dinner and excursions: TBA
  • Personal expenses: All other expenses are the responsibility of the student.

About the Program

  • Dates of Course: May 25 - June 8, 2018 (dates subject to slight change)
  • NOTE: Summer abroad programs 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.
  • Location: Paris, France; classes held at NYU-Paris campus
  • Housing: Single dorm housing available
  • Passport: Must be valid for at least three months beyond your planned date of departure from the Schengen area; must have at least 1 blank page per stamp
  • 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.

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.

Global Program Application and Registration Process

This application is now closed. Unfortunately, we have determined that this course will not run during the 2018 summer. We plan to offer it again for summer 2019. Applications for that course will become available in early fall 2018.


Stephanie Kaplan
Assistant Director, Office of Global and Lifelong Learning


Judith Siegel, PhD
Professor of Social Work