Academics

As the Coptic Diaspora continues to grow throughout North America, the calling for more laymen and laywoman to serve as trained Christian counselors can be heard louder then ever before. Marital trouble, drug addiction, social pressure… the issues continue to deepen without bounds within our communities. Clergy desperately need to be reinforced with humble Christian servants that can help lighten the load and aid in guiding our communities down the straight and narrow path. By preparing these servants using the tools of both psychology and theology we can better answer this call to service. Therefore, in the Spring of 2006, H.G. Bishop Youssef met with a team of psychiatrists and Christian/Pastoral counselors to found what is now called, the Family Ministry Program (FMP).

FMP infuses Western psychology with Orthodox theology, Church tradition, and the true Christian message. It then focuses all of its faculties on understanding, diagnosing, and treating the unique Coptic American culture in which the Diaspora is flourishing in. The program incorporates 2 years of distance learning with meetings held three times a year in Titusville, FL in the education of its students. The program is revolving ,meaning students can join any semester.The program will provide a thorough background in the basics of human psychology and integrate this with Christian counseling.The curriculum is geared towards practical and clinical issues and the application of knowledge gained in real life situations.
Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate of achievement. They will have the knowledge and skills to recognize cases requiring referral to professionals, to teach premarital classes, to guide families and youth, to access information and resources for those in need, as well as a general understanding of legal and ethical issues just to name a few.

Graduates of FMP will are eligible to register for Advanced FMP Program. For more information, please contact fmp.studentaffairs@suscopts.org. Graduates will be sent back to their respective communities both with the tools of education and more importantly, the blessing of our Lord to assist clergy in shepherding the flock.

Graduates of the FMP will take one of the following three certificates:

  1. Level 1: Graduates with outstanding performance – Students who get A for all the required courses.
  2. Level 2: Graduates of FMP – Students who get grades B or higher.
  3. Level 3: Attendants – Students who get less than B or just attend the onsite classes (auditing only).
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A Message from H.G. Bishop Youssef about the Family Ministry Program

Graduates of the FMP will take one of the following three certificates:

  1. Level 1: Graduates with outstanding performance – Students who get A for all the required courses.
  2. Level 2: Graduates of FMP – Students who get grades B or higher.
  3. Level 3: Attendants – Students who get less than B or just attend the onsite classes (auditing only).

 

Semester Semester Time On-Site Semester Breaks
Spring 2019 1/25 – 4/26 1/25 – 1/28 4/27 – 5/23
Summer 2019 5/24 – 8/23 5/24 – 5/27 8/24 – 8/29
Fall 2019 8/30 – 11/29 8/30 – 9/2 11/30/19 – 1/23/20
Spring 2020 1/24 – 4/24 1/24 – 1/26 4/25 – 5/21
Summer 2020 5/22 – 8/21 5/22 – 5/24 8/22 – 9/3
Fall 2020 9/4 – 12/4 9/4 – 9/6 12/5/20 – 1/14/21
Spring 2021 1/15/-4/23 1/15 – 1/17 4/24/21-5/27/21
Summer 2021 5/28-8/27 5/28 – 5/30 8/28/21-9/2/21
Fall 2021 9/3-12/3 9/3 – 9/5 12/4/21-1/13/22
Spring 2022 1/14-4/15 1/14 – 1/16 4/16/22-5/26/22
Summer 2022 5/27-8/26 5/27 – 5/29 8/27/22-9/1/22
Fall 2022 9/2-12/2 9/2 – 9/4 12/2/22-1/12/23
Spring 2023 1/13-4/14 1/13 – 1/15 4/15/23 -5/25/23
Summer 2023 5/26-8/25 5/26 – 5/28 8/26/23- 8/31/23
Fall 2023 9/1-12/1 9/1 – 9/3 12/2/23-1/11/24

General:

The student will need to review the syllabi of the courses to be taught during the registered semester and purchase the recommended textbooks.

 

Attendance:

Every student is required to attend the entire on-site meeting.

With the administration’s approval, a student can miss onsite attendance of a maximum of one course (4 lectures) for the duration of the entire 2-year program. The student will be required to complete the distance assignment of the course. Missing more than one course needs the approval of the administration.

If a student cannot attend the entire on-site meeting, the student should:

  • Get the administration’s approval
  • Attend part of the weekend to ensure that no more than 4 lectures are missed for the duration of the entire 2-year program.

It is up to the administration to determine if a student has to retake a course.

2nd year 2023 SPRING On-Site: 1/13-1/15  
  Crisis Intervention Abraham Ghattas, MD
  Self-Development Sarwat Gad, MD
  Marriage & Family Counseling Fr. Maximos Rizkalla
  Gerontology Mona Hanna, MD
  Practicum II Wafaie Selim, MD, MA, LSW, BCPCC
  SUMMER On-Site: 5/26-5/28  
  Homosexuality Fr. Boutros Samy
  Newborn to Elementary Nabil Guirguis, MD
  Introduction to Practicum Karen Naguib, MSEd, LPC
  Practicum III Sofie Azmy, PsyD
  FALL On-Site: 9/1-9/3  
  Family Systems Theories & Therapies Amani Henry, MD, LMHC, NCC
  Counseling Theories & Psychotherapies Sister Youanna, MD
  Adolescents & College Christine E. Agaibi, M.A.
  Ethics & Legal Issues Karen Naguib, MSEd, LPC
  Practicum I Mary Michail, MA
1st Year 2022 SPRING On-Site: 1/14-1/16  
  Infidelity Prevention/Purity in Marriage Karen Naguib, MSEd, LPC
  Abnormal Psychology (DSM-V) Ihab Istafanous, MD
  Preparing for Marriage Hani Ashamalla, MD
  Gerontology Mona Hanna, MD
  Practicum II Wafaie Selim, MD, MA, LSW, BCPCC
  SUMMER On-Site: 5/27-5/29  
  Addiction Adel Andraws, MA
  Parenting Coaching Adly Youssef
  Introduction to Practicum Karen Naguib, MSEd, LPC
  Practicum III Sofie Azmy, PsyD
  FALL On-Site: 9/2-9/4  
  Domestic Violence & Anger Management Maggie Bishay, Psy.D.
  Challenges Facing Christian Marriage Naglaa Moussa, MA
  Human Sexuality Marguerite Rizk, MA
  Ethics & Legal Issues Karen Naguib, MSEd, LPC
  Practicum I Mary Michail, MA