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PgCert Intermediate Systemic Practice with Families and Couples

Course Description

Course Summary

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.

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.

Career Management Skills

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.

Career/Further study opportunities

On completing the course students 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 Intermediate training in systemic ideas that are applicable to social care, health, education and other contexts. On successful completion of this course students may describe themselves as systemic practitioners, an end target in itself, and also an intermediate stage in the full systemic psychotherapist training.

Some students enter the course to enhance their current practice without changing their work context. One example are counsellors who have originally trained to work with individuals and who use this foundation training to move towards working with families 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.

Some students intend to complete the four-year training in systemic psychotherapy with the clear goal to change career and become a Family Therapist employed in the NHS or in independent practice.

The course is a progression route to the Masters degree in Systemic Psychotherapy as long as the students meet the academic requirements of the University and the professional requirements set down by the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice. These appear on the AFT website and are common throughout all systemic training courses.

On successful completion of the systemic psychotherapy training, students often progress to the supervision and professional doctorate programmes.

Visit the PgCert Intermediate Systemic Practice with Families and Couples page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

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.

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