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Family and Systemic Psychotherapy (MSc)

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  • Objectives
    This degree provides advanced clinical training in family and systemic psychotherapy in collaboration with the Institute of Family Therapy. As a student, you will be trained to develop critical study skills for looking at different family forms in different cultures, and processes affecting stress and coping. You will also apply systemic thinking to the behaviour of people in families, marriages and other intimate relationship settings. The degree is designed for professional practitioners with at least two years’ post-qualifying experience. It will help you develop a reflexive awareness of self as therapist, and an understanding of the interplay between personal experience and professional development.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements A previous professional qualification in psychology, social work, psychiatry, nursing, counselling or education. Completion of approved intermediate training in family therapy, e.g. Postgraduate Certificate in Systemic Practice with Families and Couples. Applicants must be in a position to complete 100 hours per year of systemic practice outside the course. Other relevant qualifications and experience considered.
  • Academic Title
    Family and Systemic Psychotherapy (MSc)
  • Course description
    Teaching clusters around clinical practice, plus five overlapping modules:

    -Family Psychotherapy in Context
    -Theories of Change and Modules of Therapy
    -Applications of Systemic Thinking and Practice
    -Research Methodology and Critical Analysis

    Clinical supervision in groups of four. Academic teaching in lectures and small-group tutorials. Additional groups facilitate personal and professional development. Video seminars allow trainees to present tapes of their work. Individual and group supervision of dissertations.

    Videotape presentation of clinical work to an accreditation panel; end-of-course written examination; coursework; dissertation

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