This course is directed at a broad range of health and social care professionals who wish to develop their skills and knowledge in working as Systemic Psychotherapists with individuals, couples and families. Live supervision of Clinical Practice is central to this training supported by core subjects of Theory and Methodology, Research and Personal/Professional connections. The integration of Clinical Practice, Systemic Theories, Psychotherapy Research and Self reflection is key to this training.
Students on the programme will develop an understanding of systemic theory and methodology and its application in clinical practice. Students will practice their clinical skills in live supervision sessions and will have opportunities to develop their ability to reflect on personal and professional connections in the therapeutic context. Through the completion of a Dissertation, students will develop skills in Research methodology and practice.
The M.Sc. in Systemic Psychotherapy aims to progress students along a path leading towards responsible creative therapeutic practices as independent practitioners in both Health/Social Care and Private Practice settings. Through a mixture of skill development, theoretical education and enhanced capacity for self reflection, the course facilitates the growth and development of students as practitioners concerned with an extensive array of clinical presentations.
- The M.Sc in Systemic Psychotherapy is a 4 year part–time training Programme comprising a total of 21 modules which translate into 120 ECTS.
- Years 1 and 2 together lead to a Graduate Diploma in Systemic Psychotherapy which comprises 60 ECTS.
- The four year training seeks to facilitate the formation of a fully trained and accredited Systemic Psychotherapist who has integrated four core training elements into an approach to practice.
The four elements of the training are as follows:
Theory and Methodology
Students will be learning about the emergence of the Systemic Family Therapy tradition from its origins in the 1950’s to current time. Topics covered will include Systemic Theories and Practice; Social Constructionism; Narrative and Dialogical Therapy; Socio-cultural and Ethical issues in Systemic Practice; Psychopathology and its critiques; Theories of Human Development; and an introduction to Research in Systemic Practice. The learning will occur in weekly lectures / seminars and will be based upon relevant prescribed readings.
Clinical Practice (based on live supervision and retrospective supervision)
Students will undertake weekly clinical work as part of a supervised training group. In year 4 of the programme students will obtain their clinical practice outside of the training context and will receive retrospective supervision for this within the training programme.
Personal Psychotherapy Exercises (PPE)
This training element is realised through a weekly facilitated group experience in addition to weekly written exercises.
Research Design and Methodology
Each year the training provides teaching in Research Design and Methodology. This element of the course culminates in the student production of a Dissertation (12,000 –15,000) words.
Modules in the 4 main strands of the programme are delivered over the four years. Each year of the programme is divided into the following modules:
- Year One: four modules
- Year Two: six modules
- Year Three: six modules
- Year Four: five modules
Each of the modules are core modules. There are no electives.