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Systemic Practice (Foundation Course)

Course Description

Programme Information

On successful completion of this course students should be able to describe a range of systemic approaches to family and other relationships and give examples of their application, particularly in their own areas of work. They will be able to take a critical stance to systemic ideas and their value and place systemic therapy in an historical context.

Students will be able to use systemic ideas to promote anti-discriminatory practice and demonstrate and awareness of the impact of wider social context with particular reference to race, gender and disability. Course participants will demonstrate through role play, a range of systemic skills such as genogram construction, circular questions and offering reframes or alternative perspectives.

The course will introduce students to:
• the basic theory and concepts of systemic family practice
• theories of change and 'schools' of systemic practice from structural and Milan through to post-Milan constructionist and narrative approaches
• family life cycles, developmental tasks and intergenerational patterns
• approaches to systemic practice in different settings and with different client groups.

The course will also provide opportunities for students to examine their own personal history from a systemic perspective and to acquire basic systemic practice skills.

Assessment Methods

Students' progress is monitored through attendance, participation in lectures and tutorials, assessed essays and a learning log.

Professional Body Accreditation

This course is recognised by the Association for Family Therapy & Systemic Practice.

Visit the Systemic Practice (Foundation Course) page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

Entry Requirements

This course is specifically designed for graduate professionals in areas such as social work, psychiatry, psychology, nursing, counselling, occupational therapy, art therapy and similar professional backgrounds.Applications can be considered from other professionals working in health and social care settings with an interest in systemic therapeutic thinking and practice via our professional accreditation of prior experiential learning. For applicants whose first language is not English, IELTS 7.0 with no components less than 6.5 or equivalent is required.

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