FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla. – Did Valentine's Day not go as you had hoped? Having some trouble with your significant other, but can't seem to figure out why? Happy with your relationship, but feel that it can become even better?
Well, don't fret – Nova Southeastern University is here to help!
NSU's Brief Therapy Institute (BTI) is currently conducting free “Relationship Check-Ups” each Tuesday from 3 – 5 p.m. through the end of April 2014. These one-hour, single therapy sessions fall under the Marriage and Family Therapy program at NSU's School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) and John Miller, Ph.D.
"These single sessions provide the chance for you take an inventory of your relationships and see what's working and what needs to be tweaked," Miller said. "It can help start the process to mend a troubled relationship or take good ones to the next level." When it comes to relationship check-ups, Miller knows a thing or two. That's because he's trained and specializes in brief therapy/single-session therapy (SST.) Since 1995, Miller has helped thousands of individuals – from Canada to the United States to China – using single-session/brief therapy.
Miller, who won a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar award from the U.S. Department of State to live and conduct research for a year-long project in Beijing, China, says such single-session therapy options can help because they are "hassle free, friendly and convenient" for people in today's every-busy world. The sessions work for individuals, couples and entire families. The idea is to work together and identify strengths, needs and areas for growth and change – and provide as much help as possible in a single meeting.
Miller was a founding faculty member of the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) Couples and Family Therapy Program in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Human Development at the University of Oregon, before moving to NSU in 2011. During his time in Oregon he held several leadership positions at the state and national levels including the Presidency of the Oregon Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (OAMFT, 2001-03), OAMFT Board of Directors (1998-2000), and Elections Chair (1997). In 2009 he was elected to the Elections Counsel of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) (2004-2007), and to the AAMFT Board of Directors in 2009.
He has led several national delegations of western scholars to China and southeast Asia since 2005. He has been a visiting faculty lecturer to many of the top psychology programs in Asia including Beijing Normal University, Fuzhou University (Fuzhou, China), Tongji University (Shanghai), Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Royal University of Phnom Penh (Cambodia) and Shaanxi Normal University (X'ian, China). He is actively engaged in several research and scholarly training projects in China and Southeast Asia.