Critical and reflective examination of systemic theory is at the heart of this course, and you will also focus on the application of a systemic framework to practice and research.
You study different approaches to therapeutic work across a range of subjects and client groups, including adult mental health, individuals, couples, children and families. You will also sharpen your own critical responses to discourses relating to power, difference and diversity, and develop the skills needed to address issues of discrimination.
This course is delivered in partnership with the Institute of Family Therapy in London.
The Research component of the course encourages independent learning, providing you with an opportunity to develop your own professional practice interests in initiating and taking responsibility for a research project and dissertation, contributing to the development of knowledge within the systemic field.
The course aims to help you develop your work with families and couples, to increase and consolidate your theoretical and clinical skills and your understanding of the use of the self in practice. The inclusion of a wide range of approaches is an important characteristic. It is part of the course philosophy to encourage you in the development of a critical approach to theory and practice examining the inequalities and differences for example of race, class, gender, and to encourage an ethical and anti-discriminatory approach to clients. Use of self and self-reflexive practice is a core aspect of training.
A particular feature of the course are the Power and Diversity group plenaries, which support you in developing your understanding of issues of power and discrimination. These plenaries supplement and support the acquisition of these skills in your supervision group to apply this understanding in your therapeutic practice.
You are expected to carry out 200 hours of agency based practice, making use of systemic theory and practice. You are thus able to demonstrate the application of your new skills to your current practice. The Workplace Consultation and Skills group, as well as the role you play in contributing to the development of each others learning also help you to develop skills which will enhance your career management skills and which transfer directly to the workplace. Evidence of the 200 hours of practice will appear in your Reflective Journal. Your tutor will offer advice about the format of this evidence.