Intermediate Systemic Practice with Families and Couples - (PgCert)



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.





Intermediate Systemic Practice with Families and Couples - (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?

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.

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Units

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



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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 or couples in a professional context.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

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.


Throughout the course you will be given ample opportunities to enhance your communication abilities. In the small groups you will regularly prepare and present ideas from recommended texts. This requires a short verbal account of main themes in the papers. You will be required to demonstrate your understanding through the development and setting of an exercise, using direct teaching, the setting forth of a discussion or other creative activity that shows your ability to make sense of systemic texts. You will also be expected to present case examples from your professional practice and show the application of systemic ideas to `live practice situations. These presentations provide you with an opportunity to show that you can discuss systemic ideas in ways that engage and stimulate others. The ability to communicate systemic ideas is central to the course and will give you confidence in talking about these ideas in your usual work setting. All students must do this and part of the final assessment is a small group presentation that formalises this learning.


You will also be given space in each of the plenary sessions to pose questions, make comment and critique ideas put forward in the sessions as well as offer formal feedback.


You are expected to understand ideas well enough to take them back into your workplace and describe and apply them in ways that are relevant to your usual client context. This is enhanced on the course through case consultations which focus on the organisational context and the affordances and constraints of that context. You will be expected to participate in experiential learning and role play exercises that require you to use your communication skills to take the positions of clients or therapists.


You will have formal written opportunities to communicate your developing systemic skills through the assignments, the log of your professional practice and the reflective learning journal.


You will encounter feedback from tutors and your peers that is respectful and appreciative. You will be expected to incorporate this style of feedback into your participation on the course and with other students.


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

UK/EU

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

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

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

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