Systemic Practice (Families and Couples) Graduate Certificate





About the course

This course introduces a systemic approach for professionals who work with families and couples, and focuses on the theoretical and practical issues involved in the application of systemic principles.

Using experiential and didactic teaching methods, we will provide you with skills training and a theoretical base, and the opportunity to relate your studies to the professional context in which you work.

Particular emphasis will be placed on meeting the needs of the most disadvantaged client groups, and the promotion and development of anti-discriminatory ways of working.

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

Choose Graduate Certificate Systemic Practice (Families and Couples) and:

  • Learn to critically evaluate a range of systemic models, knowledge and skills that respond to the different needs of families and couples and unexpected practice situations
  • Study and critique systemic theory, practice and the latest developments in the field, and the presenting issues faced by families and couples
  • Develop the ability to transform systemic practice ideas and skills into direct work with families and couples
  • Gain the knowledge you will need to meet the needs of the most disadvantaged client groups, and promote and develop anti-discriminatory ways of working
  • Explore the ethical and legal frameworks that are relevant to the requirements of organisations in terms of accountability and responsibility
  • Challenge the latest ideas and evidence based research to make assessments, formulate interventions and review the effectiveness of direct work
  • Benefit from a range of educational strategies, including direct multi-media plenary teaching from leading specialists in the field.



Systemic Practice (Families and Couples) - Graduate Certificate - Institute of Family Therapy, London

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  • Course level - Undergraduate
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  • Campus Location - Institute of Family Therapy, London
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 1 Years
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time day
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Why choose this course?

This course introduces a systemic approach for professionals working in a variety of contexts with families and couples. The course covers theoretical and practical issues involved in the application of systemic principles when working with families and couples. The course is designed to provide you with both a theoretical base and a skills training, with the opportunity to relate this study to the professional context in which you work. Both experiential and didactic teaching methods are employed.


The course is suitable for professionals who wish to increase their capacity to work directly with families and couples. This includes nurses, social workers, teachers, counsellors, other health professionals and those in front line services that wish to work systemically with clients.


The course stresses the importance of understanding professional contexts and the way in which they relate to your work with clients. 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 practitioners will have to work. Attention to issues of difference and the promotion and development of anti-discriminatory practice are central to the course philosophy and permeate all aspects of the teaching.



Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Units

  • Foundation Level Skills Unit (Families And Couples) (ASS039-3) Compulsory
  • Foundation Level Theory Unit (Families And Couples) (ASS038-3) Compulsory



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How will I be assessed?

The course employs a range of assessment strategies, which are linked to the learning outcomes of the course. The strategies include written assignments that give you the opportunity to show your systemic writing skills, by demonstrating your ability to make cogent links between theory and practice in direct work with clients as well as to show reflexive abilities and attention to anti-discriminatory practices. Such traditional written assessments give you the chance to use your own client work to show theory in action and to give examples of creative responses in unexpected situations.

The course is composed of formative, graded and ungraded elements of assessment. The first written assignment is a low-weighted assessment which gives you an opportunity to attempt academic systemic writing and receive feedback on your work, which can then be used to inform your preparation for your higher weighted assignments.

The course includes presentation opportunities to small groups that enable you to hear your own systemic voice as well as contribute feedback and commentary to other student presentations. This encourages you to take seriously the potential effects of your comments on others and so requires attention to appreciative and respectful ways of talking that brings forth the best in others. This strategy builds on the small group experience in which a small number of you and one consistent tutor discuss and debate papers in a collaborative way. This also requires you to consider your ethical positions in relation to one another.

One of the key aims of the course is to equip you with the skills to work directly with families/carers and couples to enable you to show evidence of this ability. The assessment strategy responding to this aim is in a small group context and offers you the chance to present cases or dilemmas from your usual work context to show the application of systemic ideas in action as well as to actively consider the possible influences of the wider professional system. In extending this assessment strategy, you produce written examples of your systemic work with clients showing the development of practice skills in your own work places. The strength of this strategy is that it applies equally well to organisational dilemmas as well as case consultations and gives you the chance to extend your systemic thinking beyond the frame of direct work.

The spirit of the course is developmental learning. Each assessment builds on the one previous. At the beginning of the course you are required to complete a personal skills audit to establish your personal and professional aspirations for your development through the course. At the end of the course you complete a similar audit as a way of measuring your development and identifying new learning aims for the future.

The Reflective Journal provides a vehicle for ongoing review of this skill development and is considered as a live and emerging document. This offers you the opportunity to actively reflect on your learning as you move through the course and to identify gaps and aspects of your practice and knowledge that you wish to expand or change. In adding to the journal session by session, this allows tutors and yourself to monitor, evaluate and reflect on the programme and ensure its relevance to your work contexts. Throughout this assessment strategy, you are expected to show evidence of reading beyond the course requirements and to access and review current research in relevant subject areas. This becomes a narrative of the learning journey and gives you and tutors the chance to note the shifts in thinking, action and reflexivity. The Reflective Journal is not graded but must be completed to a satisfactory standard to pass the course overall.

Throughout the assessment strategy, you are expected to include links between theory and practice, ideas about your own reflexive development, evidence of adherence to ethical frameworks and respectful practice and the ability to identify, consider and evaluate current research and ideas that contribute to better outcomes for clients. You are required to understand the statutory and legal frameworks that underpin work with families as well as Government initiatives that promote the welfare of children and families.

The different assignments provide you with a range of opportunities to demonstrate your learning on the course. You are also expected to bring case material to the small groups to show your learning in action.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a degree level qualification or equivalent.

We are committed to widening access to the course and students who can demonstrate an ability to work at graduate level in the absence of a degree may be eligible for RPEL (Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning).

Applicants must have relevant professional experience such as psychology, social work, medicine, nursing or counselling and must currently be working with children in a professional context.

Applicants who need to establish English language proficiency must show evidence of reaching IELT (International English Language Test) Level 6 or equivalent.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

On completing the course you are likely to have access to posts that require therapeutic skills. 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 foundation training in systemic ideas that are applicable to a range of professional contexts.

It is also the case that some of you enter the course to enhance your current practice, without changing your work context. One example is counsellors who have originally trained to work with individuals and who use this foundation training to move towards working with children and families/carers 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.



Fees and Funding

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

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

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

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

  • The full-time tuition fee is £11,500 per year A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

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

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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