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If you’re committed to a career as a qualified systemic psychotherapist, this postgraduate certificate is your first step. Study flexibly over two years, around your work commitments. Our course is also for any professional who wants to develop skills in working systemically with individuals, couples and families.
Our PG Cert is the first two years of a four-year qualification for Family and Systemic Psychotherapy. Made up of two modules, our course is accredited by the Association of Family Therapy (AFT), so you can be confident that you’re developing skills that are up-to-date and relevant for a career in family psychotherapy. Each module can be studied alone as part of your continued professional development, or they can be combined as you work towards your full training to become a qualified systemic (family) psychotherapist.
Our course is suitable whatever client groups you work with and will build on your knowledge, beliefs and experiences within your own work context. You’ll develop a deep understanding of systemic thinking and practice and how to put this into practice with clients and families, exploring a range of presenting problems and contexts spanning the lifecycle from birth to old age.
y successfully completing your PG Cert you’ll be able to continue your studies to the completion of your MSc, which will then allow you to register as a family and systemic psychotherapist, on the basis that you fulfil AFT requirements. You’ll also be able to refer to yourself as a systemic practitioner, which will be a significant addition to your professional portfolio.
Links with industry and professional recognition
Our course is carried out at a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit and we have strong links with the local mental health trust, allowing you to come into contact with a wide range of professionals already working in family psychotherapy.
MODULES & ASSESSMENT
An Introduction to Working Systemically with Individuals, Couples and FamiliesThis module will introduce you to systemic ways of thinking and working and offer you a framework to enable you to consider your client work from an alternative perspective. You will have an introduction to all the main systemic models. Much of the learning will be through clinical presentations enabling you to relate theory to your practice. Successful completion of the module will form the basis for pursuing future qualification in family therapy and systemic practice, if so desired.
Further Developments in Systemic PracticeThe module aims are to enable you to further explore and develop your understanding of systemic ideas and techniques, utilising a broad range of seminal and current literature relating to family therapy and systemic practice. It will facilitate your application of systemic ideas and beliefs to your current workplace, to a standard that will enhance your practice. This standard will be at Master’s level. This will form the basis for pursuing future qualification as a family therapist, should you so wish.
Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change.
You’ll be assessed in a range of ways to determine your expertise as an advanced reflective practitioner, including case and paper presentations to peers, a reflective portfolio, a case study and, at the end of the second module, a presentation to peers on a systemic concept of your choice and its application to practice. Assessment is on-going throughout the course and small group learning develops your skills with formative and informal feedback available on an ongoing basis.