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Systemic Practice & Family Therapy

Overview
Systemic practice and family therapy helps people in close relationships to better understand and support each other. It enables individuals and family members to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, understand each other's experiences and views, appreciate each other's needs, build on family strengths, and work together to make useful changes in their relationships and their lives.

Systemic family therapy has been found to be effective across the life course in helping children, young people, adults, couples and families struggling with a broad range of difficulties and circumstances.

Systemic practitioners and systemic family therapists work in many health and social care settings such as children's services, older people's services, physical health and disability, substance misuse, justice and mental health services.

Our multidisciplinary Systemic Practice and Family Therapy programmes are suitable for professionally qualified staff who wish to enhance their skills of working with families, couples, individuals, other systems and relationship networks.

There are three levels of systemic practice training: Foundation (PG Certificate), Intermediate (PG Diploma) and Qualifying level training (MSc Systemic Practice and Family Therapy).

If you have completed the PG Diploma in Systemic Practice and Family Therapy then this MSc gives you the opportunity to achieve a Master's degree by undertaking a research dissertation. Please note this MSc is not equivalent to Qualifying level family therapy training which takes a further 2 years (MSc Systemic Psychotherapy).

Please note that this course is not eligible for a Tier 4 visa.

Entry requirements

Graduate
1. This is a multidisciplinary pathway with applications welcome from applicants with prior relevant professional training in a mental health or social care related discipline or equivalent as designated by the Association of Family Therapy (e.g. Social Work, Nursing, Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology). Normally one year's post qualification experience is required.

2. Successful completion of PG Diploma Systemic Practice and Family Therapy (AFT accredited Intermediate level) or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University.

3. All Social Work applicants from NI/UK must have a recognised social work qualification and have successfully completed the Assessed Year in Employment. Social work and social care applicants must be registered with the Northern Ireland Social Care Council and should include their NISCC Social Care Registration Number in the Additional Information section of the application form.

4. Applicants should normally have a 2.2 Honours degree or above or equivalent recognised qualification. Equivalent qualifications include the Pre-2007 Post-Qualifying Award in Social Work. Where this is not met, applicants must show their ability to study at postgraduate level through evidence of previous postgraduate training or completion of a reflective practice assignment.

5. At least two references will be sought, one of whom must be the applicant's current employer. At least one referee should be professionally qualified and be able to comment on the applicant's current practice.

Please note the MSc Systemic Practice and Family Therapy is an academic Master's qualification and is not equivalent to the MSc Systemic Psychotherapy which is accredited at Qualification-level by the Association of Family Therapy with successful students eligible for registration as Systemic and Family Psychotherapists with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Please contact the Programme Director if you require more information about the different levels of systemic practice and family therapy training at Queen's.

International Students
For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements
Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.
•Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
•Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

Duration

2 years part-time
There are three levels of systemic practice clinical training: Foundation (PG Certificate), Intermediate (PG Diploma) and Qualifying (MSc Systemic Psychotherapy).

The MSc constitutes years 3 and 4 of the four year Qualifying level Systemic Family Psychotherapist training

Careers or further progression

Introduction
This course provides knowledge and skills which are highly valued in both child and adult services across health and social care. Systemic practitioners and systemic family therapists work in many health and social care settings such as children's services, older people's services, physical health and disability, substance misuse, justice and mental health services.

This academic Master's programme also develops students' research skills through developing and undertaking a study relevant to their current work context.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes help our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

Dr Stephen Coulter, Lecturer
School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work - Lecturer
Life Course Research
email: s.coulter@qub.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 1490

Ms Suzanne Mooney
Lecturer, Postgraduate research student
School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work - Lecturer
email: s.mooney@qub.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 3641

Subjects taught

This programme involves an additional year of study, and is suitable for those who have completed the Postgraduate Diploma (Intermediate) Systemic Practice and Family Therapy and wish to achieve an academic Master's qualification by undertaking a research dissertation.

Comment

Systemic Practice and Family Therapy highlights
Students are supported to attend these programmes across a wide range of disciplines employed in the voluntary and statutory sectors. A limited number of places are also commissioned by the Health and Social Care Board.

Professional Accreditations
•The Systemic Practice and Family Therapy programmes have been accredited by the Association of Family Therapy (AFT) and recognised by the relevant professions' continuing professional development frameworks.

Industry Links
•On these pathways there will be restricted access to relevant data by employers, the NISCC, DHSSPS, HSC Boards and any successor bodies.

Teaching Times
Teaching takes place normally one day per fortnight at QUB. This includes lectures, seminars, small group work and case presentations.

Assessment method

A dissertation.

Application date

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 31st July 2019.
Late applications may be considered.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year 2019

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