- MFT 640 Clinical Treatment of Children, Adolescents and Families
- MFT 641 Foundational Skills in Practicum
- Bowden Templeton - Associate Professor, Program Director of MFT Macon and Assistant Clerkship Director, Psychiatry
- Morgan Stinson - Assistant Professor, Psychiatry & Behavorial Science
Service Project Description:
Under the supervision of faculty from the Master of Family Therapy (MFT) Program in the School of Medicine, students have opportunity to serve the children and families of rural Honduras. Working in partnership with Honduras Outreach International, the MFT team provides psychoeducation and family therapy clinics at Aldersgate Elementary and Hope Middle Schools and in the Department of Olancho in the Agalta Valley of central Honduras. The schools, established in 2000 and 2001, provide quality education for over 260 students from over thirty villages in the surrounding areas. During the two week period (nine working days), the MFT team works closely with school staff and the local physician who serve as cultural brokers providing access to students and their families. A typical day for Mercer students involves six hours working in small groups with students ranging in age from first to ninth grades. Following work in the school, in the afternoons students provide counseling sessions to families identified by local staff as in need or, in many cases, to families seen in prior years. Students have opportunity to learn basic counseling skills and interventions, particularly in the context of treatment of children, adolescents, and families from a global perspective responsive to issues of culture, economics, governmental policies, and religious beliefs and how they affect health outcomes. This program provides opportunity to practice and enhance Spanish speaking skills.
Travel dates fall within the MUSM summer semester, May 6 – July 26, 2019. The MOM MFT experience will be a combination of in class didactic and discussion based learning coupled with experiential activities on site in Honduras. Travel to Honduras is for two weeks and two days during the semester with final dates pending from the in country partner, Honduras Outreach International. The proposed travel itinerary is below and includes departure for Tegucigalpa, Honduras on a Saturday with return to Atlanta on Monday, two weeks and two days following departure.
Dates: The team anticipates the most likely travel dates are June 1 to June 17.
For more information, e-mail MercerOnMission@mercer.edu or call (478) 301-2992.