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  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements * English language requirements: TOEFL (paper-based test) at least 580 with 4.0 on the Test of Written English; or (computer-based test) at least 240 with 4.0 on essay writing; or (internet-based) of at least 94 with at least 20 in listening, 23 in reading, 23 in speaking and 24 in writing; or a minimum IELTS (academic) score of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in any component. * Academic entry requirements: Normally a degree in Medicine, Psychology or an appropriate social science student. Completion of an Intermediate Family Therapy course or equivalent course or by course committee exception. Professional qualification allowing professional operation as a therapist or equivalent experience. All applicants must be in posts where they have regular therapeutic contact with appropriate clients.
  • Academic Title
    Systemic Family Therapy MSc
  • Course description
    This course provides a thorough training in the practice of systemic family therapy. Both courses are accredited by the Association for Family Therapy and successful students will be able to register as systemic psychotherapists with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

    24 months part-time

    The Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development
    The Nuffield Centre for International Health & Development is an academic unit of the University of Leeds, one of the largest and most successful universities in the UK. We are part of the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, in the Faculty of Medicine and Health.

    For 30 years, the Centre has been a major international resource for education, research and technical assistance in international health and development. We have a strong pro-equity base and our mission is to develop the capacity of health systems in low-middle income countries, especially in the public sector. We have a strong reputation in the fields of public health, health and hospital management and health systems development.

    The Centre has an international reputation for the quality of both its teaching (graded 24/24 in the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education's teaching assessment) and its research (graded 5 in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise). A well-established and popular portfolio of postgraduate and undergraduate study courses is taught annually.

    What you study
    The course trains students to a fully professional standard in the theory and practice of systemic family therapy. This is a rapidly evolving field in which research and theoretical advances are being continuously translated into practice techniques. A competent practitioner therefore needs a sound understanding of fundamental principles, through which new advances can be evaluated and incorporated, a sound basis of professional practice, through which new techniques can be safely and productively introduced, and competence in undertaking research and evaluating reports of research findings.

    Students take part in a weekly supervised family therapy clinic and work both as members of the clinical team and as therapists. They bring material from their work setting for discussion and supervision.

    Much assessment takes practical forms such as the presentation of practice of the student on video, which is related to theory in a dissertation, and used as a vehicle for communication through presentation to course staff and students. The clinical log is not just a record of experience but a continuing critical application of theory and deconstruction of the process. Supervisors have clear guidelines for conformity to acceptable practice, and will provide detailed assessments which will also function as part of the training.

    Course content:
    -Theories of Change and Practice
    -Skills and Techniques
    -Personal and Professional Development
    -Supervised Practice
    -Introduction to Research Methods
    -Advanced Research Methods

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