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Family Therapeutic Skills

This programme is designed to provide students with clinical skills and theoretical underpinnings to inform their work with families.

This course will appeal to those who are interested in family therapy, theory and training. Family Therapists work with relationships in the context of families, couples and other groups. It is a creative, innovative and thought provoking model of Psychotherapy which places sound ethics at the heart of the work.

The principle which informed Family Therapy from the time of its inception in the 1950s has been to transcend simple cause and effect explanations which located deficits within the individual, and to include those aspects of the client’s context in the therapy process which will enable them to manage, resolve or better understand their difficulty. It is this ecological view which attends to the interconnectedness of people, of beliefs and of all things, which characterises Family Therapy rather than the number of people sitting in the therapy room.

Students can expect a high quality cutting edge programme that captures and imparts a modern understanding of family therapy informed theory and practice that can be incorporated into a variety of practitioner’s contexts such as counselling, teaching, psychology, social care and the allied health professions. It is designed to provide students with clinical skills and theoretical underpinnings to inform their work and to gain an understanding of the major theories and models of family psychotherapy, as well as an overview of the social, practical, ethical and cultural issues that arise when working with families.

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to hold a relevant honours degree (Level 7 NFQ or equivalent; Final grade 2.2 or above) in Counselling & Psychotherapy, Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Education, Medicine or equivalent.

Applicants who do not meet this criteria may be eligible to enter the course on the basis of prior learning and experience in the area. Students applying on the basis of prior learning must provide evidence of their knowledge, skill and ability to pursue this programme of study. This should be in the form of a career portfolio outlining and demontrating your career path as is relevent to this course (including transcripts of any relevant results, statements of prior learning based on systematic reflection) and be must submitted with your application.

Applicants should ideally have access to opportunities for client work in their current role and be able to apply theoretical principles and practice in their current workplace.

Selection Process: There are a limited number of places available (18). Selection is based on application and interview.

Garda Vetting: Students will be required to participate in Garda Vetting procedures in relation to programme and accreditation requirements

IT
Students require sufficient IT skills to complete the course.

Learning Difficulties
Students can expect to be provided with advice and support concerning any learning difficulties that they may encounter. Any diagnosed learning difficulty, e.g. dyslexia, must be noted on application.

Garda Vetting:

Students will be requested to participate in Garda Vetting procedures in relation to programme and accreditation requirements

Students require sufficient IT skills to complete the course.
Students can expect to be provided with advice and support concerning any learning difficulties that they may encounter. Any diagnosed learning difficulty, e.g. dyslexia, must be noted on application.

Duration

Two years (24 months) part-time. The course will take place Every Thursday 2-7pm from October to May.

Careers or further progression

Graduates with qualifications in family therapeutic skills at Masters level may secure employment in a range of settings across health, social services, education, justice and related disciplines. Students who graduate from the MSc in Family Therapeutic Skills will have gained the skills and knowledge to work with families in a therapeutic setting. With an increased emphasis on therapeutic interventions at family level, career opportunities may include private practice, work with state and voluntary organisations, mental health organisations and integration of the learning with any qualification that students have already achieved.

Further enquiries

If you have more questions now about the course, call Maria now at 01-464 2268.

Subjects taught

Each module is 30 hours duration. Modules are assessed by written and practical assignments.

Year 1:
Contemporary Family Therapy Theory, History, Current Perspectives & Emerging Dynamics.
Personal & Relational Development in Family Therapy
Emotional Focused Therapy
Therapeutic Relationships & Clinical Skills 1

Year 2:
Theoretically Informed Family Therapy Practice
Professional Ethics & Family Law
Working Therapeutically with Couples Dyad
Advanced Clinical Skills 2
Case Study & Dissertation

Additional Course Requirements:
100 hours clinical placement / client work*
Students are required to attend an FTAI accredited supervisor for a minimum of *25 hours one-to-one supervision
*25 hours Personal Therapy is a requirement for those who are not Counsellors/Psychotherapists.

Leading To The Award Of: MSc in Family Therapeutic Skills (Subject to validation by Middlesex University)

*Quantity of hours is subject to change

Comment

MSc in Family Therapeutic Skills
Subject to validation from Middlesex University

Award: MSc in Family Therapeutic Skills (subject to validation by Middlesex University)

Level: Level 7 FHEQ (Comparable to Level 9 NFQ)

This programme was developed and is delivered and assessed by PCI College, awarded by and quality assured by Middlesex University. FHEQ (Framework for Higher Education Qualification) is the UK National Framework of Qualifications.

PCI College is currently seeking Middlesex University validation for this course starting September 2017.

Assessment method

Written and practical assignments

Application date

Application Process

Send in Complete Application Form & Deposit (Online / Hard Copy)
Copies of Transcripts (Confirming 2.2 on relevant Level 7 Degree or higher) or Copy of Career Portfolio
and 500-word written statement on why you believe you are suitable to the course.

All suitable candidates will be invited to interview
Places are limited (18). Selection is based on application and interview.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Start Date: 28th September 2017

PCI College is currently seeking Middlesex University validation for this course starting September 2017.

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