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Family Therapeutic Skills

MSc Family Therapeutic Skills
Validated by Middlesex University

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

Entry Requirements:
Applicants are required to hold a relevant 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 demonstrating your career path as is relevant 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.

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.

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.


Two years (24 months) part-time. The course will take place Every Thursday 2.00 - 7.00pm., 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 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.

Our university validated programmes are developed, delivered and assessed by PCI College and awarded by and quality assured by Middlesex University. A qualification from Middlesex University London is internationally recognised both within the EU and outside the EU. Brexit negotiations will have no impact on these facts.

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.
• Therapeutic Relationships & Clinical Skills 1
• Personal & Relational Development in Family Therapy
• Emotional Focused Therapy

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.

*Quantity of hours is subject to change.


MSc in Family Therapeutic Skills
Subject to validation from Middlesex University

Award: Middlesex University, MSc in Family Therapeutic Skills

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.

Venue: PCI College, Corrig House, Old Naas Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Assessment method

Written and practical assignments.

Application date

Application Deadline: 25th August 2018

Course fee

PCI College tuition fees for the MSc in Family Therapeutic Skills beginning in October 2018 are as follows:

• Year 1: €3,670* + Middlesex University Registration Fee €1200**
(€3,150 for PCI College Graduates + MU Registration Fee €1200**)
• Year 2: €4,250

*Please note that fees include a €20 charge for Garda vetting process which is required prior to course entry.

**Once off fee paid in first year

Additional Course Costs
Course fees do not cover costs associated with Additional Course Requirements (Personal Therapy & Supervision). Fees for Supervision and Personal Therapy are decided by negotiation between you and your Supervisor and Therapist. The average cost for supervision is approximately €60. Personal therapy may also average about €60 per session.

Application Process
Applicants are invited to complete and return the online Application Form. Applications must be accompanied by an Initial Deposit of €250, which is deductible from course fees if the application is successful. Applicants are entitled to a full refund of the Initial Deposit if they decide to cancel within 14 days of receipt of their application. Should an application be unsuccessful or cancelled by the applicant following this 14 day period, an administration fee of €60 is charged and the balance of €190 refunded. Please note that the name used on your application needs to be the same name that you have on your passport.

The balance of fees is payable in full before the course commences. Fees are non-refundable in all personal circumstances. All courses run subject to demand and the formation of a viable class cohort. A full refund will be given to all applicants in the event that the class does not proceed.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Start Date: 4th October 2018

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