Family therapy and systemic practice are models of intervention used by a variety of professional within Health and Social Care. The programme provides a framework for conceptualising problems and intervening at a variety of levels of the system including family, professional network, organisation and community. The course aims to familiarise students with the theories, methods and techniques associated with the major models of family therapy.
The programme includes a combination of theoretical and teaching sessions at the University, along with ongoing practice application groups. Students also participate in regular Personal and Professional Development sessions aimed at facilitating self-awareness and enhancing their abilities as family therapists. Qualifying level students will also attend practice placement one morning or afternoon per week where they will undertake live-supervised family therapy.
Areas covered in the programme include:
# Systemic approaches to therapy and consultation
# Models of family therapy
# Reflective practice
# Brief and solution-focused approaches
# Working with organisations and professional networks
# Teamwork and supervision
# Anti-discriminatory practice
# Research methods as related to a systemic approach
Year 1 Modules
AA0113 Foundations, Philosophies and Policies of Enquiry (CORE, 20 Credits)
CC0068 Models of Family Therapy 1 (CORE, 10 Credits)
CC0069 Systemic Practice and Consultation (CORE, 20 Credits)
SW0130 Beliefs Underpinning Behaviour (CORE, 10 Credits)
Year 2 Modules
CC0070 Models of Family Therapy 2 (CORE, 10 Credits)
CC0071 Family Therapy Practice & Supervision 1 (CORE, 30 Credits)
SW0137 Understanding Orgnstns and Professions as Systems (CORE, 10 Credits)
Year 3 Modules
CC0072 Dissertation (CORE, 40 Credits)
CC0073 Family Therapy practice & supervison (CORE, 20 Credits)
COURSEWORK AND ASSESSMENT
A range of assessment strategies are used, including written assignments, a dissertation, and evaluation of practice development. Students are required to submit a portfolio which includes evidence of supervised systemic practice and evidence of academic study of systemic theories.
The postgraduate certificate is accredited at intermediate level by the Association for Family Therapy (AFT). The MA level of the programme had been developed to meet AFT criteria for qualifying level training in family psychotherapy and is now fully accredited.