The programme is fully accredited for Foundation Level Training with the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice. It therefore forms the first step in training to become a fully qualified Family Therapist. Graduates of the course can go on to undertake the next stages in this training - that of Intermediate Level and Masters Level. In addition to this, students working in a variety of work contexts will also benefit from supplementing their own professional skills with the systemic theory and skills learned on the course. Given the broad appeal and applicability of systemic therapy principles, this course will inform and enhance students' understanding and approach to supporting individuals, couples and organisations, as well as families.
*Please note: This PgCert programme is the same PgCert Family Therapy and Systemic Practice programme that has run on the Magee campus of the University - it is moving to the Coleraine campus and will run there from September 2018 onwards.
The course aims to:
Introduce the participants to the field of systemic theory, practice and research;
Introduce the participants to the basic skills, applicable to their work settin;
Increase participants' awareness and acceptance of the need for professional practice to be characterised by respectfulness and reflexivity;
Provide a basis from which the student may proceed towards intermediate level training.
At the end of the course, successful students will be able to:
Demonstrate a critical understanding of the development of systemic theory in the context of other therapies
Evaluate the various schools of thought pertaining to family therapy
Identify how stages in the family life cycle can impact on family dynamics
Reflect on the impact of culture on families
Define and apply the theories underpinning the Milan/ Post-Milan school of family therapy
Reflect on their personal and professional stage of development and the impact of systemic theory on these
Identify ways in which systemic theory/ practice can be used in other settings
Teaching and learning assessment
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops, and student-led peer groups. The peer groups promote experiential learning on the programme via role-play and group tasks, designed to develop students' clinical skills and understanding.
Assessment takes the form of essays, reflective diaries, and presentations. There are no written examinations on the programme.
Work placement / study abroad
The clinical placement associated with this programme is arranged by students themselves. The training presents a number of opportunities to connect clinical placement with studies on campus, through exploring and assessing students' clinical experiences in this area of practice.