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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Part-time day
Course Level:Postgraduate
Duration: 1 Year
Campus Location: Institute of Family Therapy, London

About the course

This course is designed to help nurses, social workers, teachers, counsellors and other health professionals develop their knowledge and increase the effectiveness of their work with families, couples and individuals.

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

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

Choose Intermediate Systemic Practice with Families and Couples PgCert and:

  • Study professional contexts and the way in which they relate to work with clients, learn about ways of working which meet the needs of disadvantaged client groups, and investigate the legislative frameworks practitioners have to work with
  • Explore issues of difference and the promotion and development of anti-oppressive practice which are central to the course’s philosophy and permeate all aspects of your learning
  • Develop your familiarity with and confidence in employing approaches that are encompassed by systems theory
  • Gain a wide range of critical skills through reading, discussion, student presentations and reviews of current research
  • Benefit from a critical approach to theory and practice in the light of inequalities and your clients’ differences in relation to race, class and gender.

This course equips participants with a systemic approach to working with individuals, couples and families at intermediate level. About one third of our students finish at this level and add the skills to their professional practice, as a systemic practitioner. About two thirds of our students continue to the MSc in Systemic Psychotherapy.

 

The inclusion of a wide range of systemic approaches has been considered an important characteristic of our courses across the two courses and the four years of the training. It is part of the philosophy of the course to encourage a critical approach to theory and practice in the light of inequalities and differences of race, class and gender, and to encourage an anti-oppressive approach to working with clients. Developing self-reflexivity, the awareness and utilisation of the person of the practitioner in action, is also a core aspect of the course.

 

The course is designed for professionals who wish to increase their capacity to work directly with individuals, couples and families. 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 client families and couples. 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.

 

This course is designed to help professionals to develop and deepen systemic knowledge and skills in order to increase the effectiveness of direct work with families, couples and individuals. 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.

Successful completion of the course entitles the graduate to the use of the title `Systemic Practitioner which is recognised by the Association for Family Therapy and is very attractive to employers in social care.


Units

  • Intermediate Systemic Skills With Families And Couples (ASS049-6) Compulsory
  • Intermediate Systemic Theory With Families And Couples (ASS048-6) Compulsory

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 student's 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 should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.

To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country

To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

 

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Entry Requirements


Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.


To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country


To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

 

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 or couples in a professional context.

Fees and funding

The standard fee for a Postgraduate Certificate for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £2,750

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

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Scholarship Available

The University of Bedfordshire is proud of its alumni and is delighted to offer a tuition fee discount for those who choose to continue or return to the University for on campus Postgraduate level studies.

We offer a 20% discount on full and part-time Masters courses to those who were successful in completing an Honours Degree with the University of Bedfordshire, DMU’s Bedford campus or the University of Luton.

The standard fee for a Postgraduate Certificate for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £2,750

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

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees and funding


The standard fee for a Postgraduate Certificate for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £2,750

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

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Scholarship Available

The University of Bedfordshire is proud of its alumni and is delighted to offer a tuition fee discount for those who choose to continue or return to the University for on campus Postgraduate level studies.

We offer a 20% discount on full and part-time Masters courses to those who were successful in completing an Honours Degree with the University of Bedfordshire, DMU’s Bedford campus or the University of Luton.


The standard fee for a Postgraduate Certificate for the Academic Year 2021/22 is £2,750

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

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

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

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

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

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

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


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


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

Find out more about how to apply as an International student


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

Find out more about how to apply as an International student