Intermediate Child Focused Systemic Practice (PgCert)



About the course

Join us on this course and you will develop your systemic knowledge and skills, and increase the effectiveness of your direct work with children and families with children.

Designed as an intermediate year of training for systemic psychotherapy and end-stage training as a systemic practitioner, it is built on the theoretical and practice frameworks established in the foundation year.

It aims to deepen your confidence in employing different approaches encompassed by systems theory, and will encourage you to incorporate reflexive thinking in your work.

This course is delivered in partnership with the Institute of Family Therapy in London.

Choose Intermediate Child Focused Systemic Practice PgCert and:

  • Study the application of systemic ideas and learn how they can help you understand the developmental stages of children
  • Explore the five major models of systemic practice, including the philosophical underpinnings, main theorists, main theoretical principles, model of change and role of the practitioner with particular reference to work with families with minor aged children and their networks
  • Develop your ability to apply systemic practice skills to a number of different client groups and across a range of practice contexts
  • Gain the ability to work within the ethical and legal frameworks that are relevant to multiple practice contexts and the particular requirements of organisations
  • Benefit from an enhanced ability to use relevant evidence-based research to make assessments, formulate interventions and review the effectiveness of your direct work.





Intermediate Child Focused Systemic Practice - (PgCert) - Institute of Family Therapy, London

  • Apply Via - DIRECT ENTRY
  • Course level - Postgraduate
  • UCAS Code -
  • Campus Location - Institute of Family Therapy, London
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 1 Years
  • Attendance - | Part-time day
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Why choose this course?

The course is designed to help professionals to develop and deepen systemic knowledge and skills in order to increase the effectiveness of direct work with individual children and families with minor children across a broad range of contexts. The course is both an intermediate year of training for systemic psychotherapy and end stage training as a systemic practitioner. It is built on the theoretical and practice frameworks established in the foundation year of training. It seeks to deepen students familiarity with and confidence in employing a number of approaches encompassed by systems theory.


The course is suitable for professionals who wish to increase their capacity to work directly with families with young children. This includes nurses, social workers, teachers, counsellors, other health professionals and those in front line services who wish to utilise a systemic approach with clients.


The course stresses the importance of understanding professional contexts and the way in which they relate to work with families with children. Particular emphasis is placed on thinking about ways of working which meet the needs of the most disadvantaged client groups and which take account of the legislative frameworks within which most practitioners will have to work. Attention to issues of difference and the promotion and development of anti-oppressive practice are central to the course philosophy and permeate all aspects of the teaching.


In addition the course focuses on the development of the therapeutic relationship and the use of self in direct work with individuals and families.

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Units

  • Skills: Intermediate Systemic Child Focused Practice (ASS047-6) Compulsory
  • Theory: Intermediate Systemic Child Focused Practice (ASS046-6) Compulsory

How will I be assessed?

The course employs a range of assessment strategies, all of which include a theory and a practice element. For practical reasons the assignments are split between the theory and skill units. Although the assignments are allocated to separate units, they each contain a theory and an application of theory element. In addition you are expected to develop self-reflexivity and this is also included in each assessment. Each assignment gives you the opportunity to show your ability to express systemic theory and describe your systemic practice in writing to a post graduate academic standard. You are expected to demonstrate an understanding of the current theoretical and methodological systemic approaches in relation to your client group and show how you apply these in direct work with clients. You will also show self-reflexive abilities and give attention to anti-oppressive practices. These academically rigorous written assessments give you the opportunity to use your direct family work practice to show theory in action and to give examples of creative responses in unexpected and/or specialised situations. You will demonstrate initiative in decision making in action and the application of a wide range of advanced techniques and information sources.


The course is composed of graded and pass/fail elements of assessment. The pass/fail assessments do not contribute towards your overall mark, but must be completed to a pass standard. There are two pass/fail elements: your log of 60 hours of systemic practice, and your reflective journal which charts your journey through the course.


The different assignments provide a range of opportunities to demonstrate your learning on the course.


Your written assignments of systemic work with clients show the development of practice skills and knowledge in your work place. The strength of this strategy is that it applies equally well to organisational dilemmas as to case consultations and gives you the opportunity to extend systemic thinking beyond the frame of direct work. You will thus be able to demonstrate the ability to integrate contradictory information, identify gaps and create a coherent systemic formulation which will guide your practice.


You are expected to complete a practice log of 60 hours of systemic practice undertaken during the academic year of the course. This involves the application of your systemic learning to your direct work with client families in a professional capacity. The work would normally be undertaken in your workplace or, should sufficient face to face experience not be available in the workplace, in a placement which you will have negotiated. The log demonstrates the direct application of learning to the students professional context and can include consultation, supervision and meeting skills as well as taking the lead role in direct work with families.


You will also keep a reflective journal of your development through the course.


We want you to attend 100% of the course. However you must attend a minimum of 80% of the taught part of the course in order to pass.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed the foundation year in systemic practice at the University of Bedfordshire or its equivalent at another university. An RPEL route is available for students with substantial prior experiential learning.

International students are required to have English competence at IELTS level 6.0 or equivalent.

Applicants would usually have a relevant previous professional qualification such as psychology, social work, medicine, nursing or education. This is an AFT requirement for applicants progressing to years three and four, the systemic psychotherapy qualifying years. As this is a practice-based course applicants must currently be working with families with minor children in a professional context.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

On completing the course students are likely to have access to posts that require therapeutic skills in working with families with minor children. One example is in the Health and Social Care fields following the Munro Report on Child Protection which promotes systemic ideas as essential skills for front line workers. This course provides Intermediate training in systemic ideas that are applicable to social care, health, education and other contexts. On successful completion of this course students may describe themselves as systemic practitioners, an end target in itself, and also an intermediate stage in the full systemic psychotherapist training.


Some students enter the course to enhance their current practice with families with minor children or their carers without changing their work context. One example are counsellors who have originally trained to work with individuals and who use this foundation training to move towards working with families in the voluntary sector or as a stepping stone to further training.


For those in the statutory sector, many use the course to expand their practice and to develop routes to promotion into social care, management or supervision.


Students are encouraged to apply all of the learning to their work context which will enhance their career management skills. The course develops a range of practice skills which the student transfers directly into the work place; these include direct work and consultation skills.

On successful completion of the course you can use the title `Systemic Practitioner. This is a title recognised by the Association of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice and is highly regarded by employers in social care, education and the voluntary sector.



Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.



Fees and funding

  • Fees are £2,267

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Fees are £4,000

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

UK/EU

See UK/EU Postgraduate students for full information on fees and funding.

International

A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See Fees and Funding for International Students for full information.

Facilities

Bedfordshire is a small county with lots to offer.

However you enjoy spending your free time, you won’t have to look far in Bedfordshire to find somewhere to relax, socialise or explore the great outdoors. 

We are also conveniently located around 30 minutes by train from London, offering you the city experience with a homely feel.

Bedfordshire offers:

  • A range of pubs, clubs and restaurants
  • High street and independent shopping
  • Museums, galleries and theatres - and our own University Theatre
  • Entertainment centres
  • Stunning countryside
  • Professional sport and world-class facilities
  • Headquarters of a number of notable UK and international companies
  • Luton International Carnival and Bedford River Festival

Campuses in Buckinghamshire

We also have campuses in Aylesbury and Milton Keynes

How to Apply

  • UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form

  • EU students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or apply online

  • International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country.

    You can also apply online

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