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Get to Know Dean Henline

Meet Dr. Branden Henline, dean of NCU’s School of Marriage and Family Sciences.

How would you describe yourself in 140 characters?
I am an easy-going family man who likes the outdoors and is committed to integrity and excellence in marriage and family therapy training.

What is your favorite weekend activity?
Camping, when possible, and good movies with my wife.

What is your favorite comedy movie of all time?
Brian Regan’s I Walked on the Moon.

What is your favorite place you have ever visited?
Thailand or swimming with the stingrays in the Cayman Islands.

How do you keep a healthy work-life balance?
I exercise in the morning, work diligently during the day, and spend time with my family in the evening. That, and my wife and I are planning a cruise in the near future. It’s important to take vacations from time to time.

What advice would you give to students or those already working in the field of psychology or marriage and family therapy?
Being a good student or therapist requires a commitment to continuous improvement. That means you need to keep learning and be willing to accept and follow feedback when it is given.

What do you think will change about the marriage and family therapy curriculum over the next five years?
We hope to add new specializations in the doctoral program, formalize elective options in the master’s program to fit unique state licensure requirements, and possibly add new degree programs outside of marriage and family therapy.

How would you describe the difference between the practices of marriage and family therapy and psychology?
A marriage and family therapist is a mental health professional that focuses on the whole system. Psychology tends to be focused on individuals and often on severe mental illness. Marriage and family therapists work with individuals with severe mental illness, but the difference is in the worldview that is taken, particularly the focus on systems.

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