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Experience Rome

The Southern Connecticut State University Department of Marriage and Family Therapy presents: 
The 2017 International Field Study in




Rome(Italy- Spring Recess) Application (Pdf)
(Please return filled out application to Mr. Michael Schindel in EN A 220)

The 2017 Spring Session Program in Italy offers an international study opportunity for student from helping professions and parcticing mental health professionals.Participant will travel to Sorrento,Cortona and Rome, and receive supervision and training to foster person-of-the-therapist, mindfulness and bodywork skills.  These skills into therapeutic settings and practice.and  students will be prepared into therapeutic settings and practice as marriage and family therapists.

Participants will incorporate mindfulness into their therapeutic model ,demonstrate an increased understanding of the method integrating mindfulness and bodywork into therapeutic settings,understanding diversity issues in cultural context and deepen their understanding and application of family therapy theory.

These objectives align with the MFT program's Student learning outcomes (SLO 1, SLO 2, SLO 3). The course is an optional offering embedded within spring courses for full and part-time students: Diversity (MFT 568), and MFT Internship I (662).

Course work

This non-credit program  is an optional offering embedded within the following spring courses for full- and part-time students:

MFT 568-Diversity 

MFT 662- Internship I


Student Learning Outcomes

The MFT program has developed three Student learning outcomes (SLOs). These student learning outcomes are designed to prepare students with essential skills to be practicing marriage and family therapists:
SLO 1 – Practice from a systemic lens
SLO 2 – Practice from a culturally competent lens
SLO3 – Demonstrate skills of an entry level marriage and family therapist

In order to support these SLO's, the MFT program faculty integrate self-of-the-therapist training to support student awareness and professional growth in order to improve application of clinical skills and outcomes. This course builds upon and continues that work.

Students will:
• incorporate mindfulness into their therapeutic model;
• demonstrate increase understanding of method of integrating mindfulness and bodywork into therapeutic settings;
• understand diversity issues in cultural context;
• deepen their understanding and application of family therapy theory.

Measurement: Students will create a portfolio including (but not limited to) articulation of their therapeutic model, their model's relation to self-of-the-therapist, and cultural interface and experimental content (such as touring/learning experiences).


Students must complete Southern's risk management paperwork before traveling abroad. Students must also have a record free of disciplinary problems, and have a valid passport.


This program consists of three city stay. Each lodging location has an included classroom for group use.

Rome: Fraterna Domus is located within the historic center of Rome and has received four stars on TripAdvisor.

Sorrento: La Cullo – Suore Oblate Del Bambin Gesu is located on the Bay of Naples in close proximity to many restaurants, tourist and cultural sites. In addition to serving as a guest house, it contains an art school.

Cortona: Villa Santa Margerita is located on the outskirts of this well-known hill town.


Program Fees:TBD

Program Fee Includes:
• Airfare, room and board, transportation to and from the airport and transportation in Italy.
• Entrance fees for excursion

Program Fee Does Not Include:
• Personal expenses, touring, books, laundry, snacks, medical and living expenses, or any additional expenses that alter the itinerary or arrangements

Please Note:
The program fee does not include the cost of On Call insurance—a stand-alone insurance policy that provides coverage for evacuation and repatriation, required for all students studying abroad. Any student who has not purchased the SCSU (Aetna) student health plan, which includes On Call coverage, is required to purchase the On Call stand-alone policy for $36.00 prior to travel. For information on purchasing On Call, contact the Office of International Education at 203-392-7257.

For information regarding financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at
(203) 392-5222 or
*Deposits will be refunded in full if this application is rejected by the program Director.

A non-refundable deposit of $500 made out to 'Southern Connecticut State University' is due upon acceptance into the program. This guarantees your participation in the program and reserves your room. A second payment of $500 due January 20, 2017 The remainder of the balance ($2,375) is due no later than Feb 15, 2017.

Program fees are based upon historical program costs and current rates of exchange. Extreme fluctuation in exchange rates or boarding costs in Italy may result in additional fees being charged. The University reserves the right to change the itinerary of proposed trips if needed to control the cost of the overall trip. In the event that additional fees exceed the current costs by more than 20%, the student may choose to drop the course and receive a refund of all funds recoverable by the university. Fees will be frozen on Feb 15, 2017 and after Feb 15, 2017 there will be no refunds. The program does not accept responsibility for personal property, which must be insured separately if desired, and reserves the right to make changes required by circumstances.

Currently, all courses abroad for the academic year are expected to operate. Southern Connecticut State University's Office of International Education (SCSU-OIE) will monitor world events and make any change to this decision on an individual course basis any time between now and the departure dates.

If Southern Connecticut State University cancels an off-campus course, students will be refunded their deposits and all monies the university is able to recover from program providers. The SCSU-OIE office will aggressively negotiate with providers for the refunds.

If a student withdraws from an off-campus course at any time between now and the departure date, the student will forfeit his/her deposit but will be refunded all other recoverable amounts. In the event the price of the trip rises more than 20%, the student may withdraw and receive both recoverable funds and deposit.
Students who must cancel their participation in a course abroad program must do so in writing to Dr. Erin Heidkamp, Director of the Office of International Education.

The Office of International Education will work to delay payment to providers on costs for course abroad programs as long as possible and request clearly-stated refund policies from all providers for all programs prior to payments. Students who wish to purchase cancellation insurance should contact their insurance provider.

If Southern Connecticut State University cancels an off-campus course, the staff of SCSU-OIE will work with individual course abroad faculty members in adapting their course, when possible, for the Southern Connecticut State University campus. This is understood to be an emergency procedure in place as a result of unusual or unforeseen world events. If an off-campus course cannot be adapted to the on-campus
setting ,the faculty member will work to develop an alternative on-campus course for the students enrolled. If this is possible, efforts will be made to enroll students in existing on-campus courses.
For additional information, please contact:

Paul Levatino, LMFT
Assistant Professor
Davis 20B
(203) 392-7274

Dr. Julie Leifeld, Ph. D.
Associate Professor
Davis 20B
(203) 392-5480