Study Family Therapy and Systemic Practice at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.
This course provides an introduction to systemic ideas and their relevance in helping us gain a better understanding of individuals, families and the organisations in which we all function. In particular it will appeal to all those working in the caring professions who have an interest in developing their practice in terms of working with families. Moreover this type of training offers a broader perspective and understanding of how crucial family dynamics are in the development and maintenance of problems. At the same time it provides creative ways of involving the family in finding solutions to their difficulties.
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.
This course is undergoing academic revalidation during 2016/17, and course content/modules are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, please contact the Course Director.
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