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PS50163: Intermediate course in systemic theory and practice

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2019/0
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Psychology
Further information on credits Credits: 18      [equivalent to 36 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 360
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 90%, PR 10%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Family Practice Rating Scale (CW 10%)
  • Case Study (CW 10%)
  • Video Presentation (PR 10%)
  • Reflective Log (CW 10%)
  • Clinical Log 1 (CW 10%)
  • Clinical Log 2 (CW 10%)
  • Essay (CW 10%)
  • Reflexive Therapy Transcript (CW 10%)
  • Supervisor Report from Placement (CW 10%)
  • Log of Independent Study Time (CW 10%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:

* To build on Foundation level learning in the field of systemic theory, practice and research, especially in relation to practice
* To provide a basis from which the student may proceed onto qualifying level training (as defined by AFT) in Systemic Theory and Practice.

Learning Outcomes:

* Be familiar with a broad range of literature relating to family therapy and systemic practice, which should include recent publications
* Critically evaluate systemic ideas, relevant research and their application to different systems
* Describe differences and similarities between approaches in systemic therapy including the theory of change
* Develop and demonstrate a commitment to actively promote ethical, anti-discriminatory practice and to highlight and critique culturally-based assumptions
* Be familiar with and apply relevant codes of ethics and their implications for practice
* Develop a capacity to use the consultation process in relation to systemic practice
* Further develop in awareness of personal development needs, and begin to use this awareness in self-reflexive ways in practice (F)
* Develop an ability to discuss the impact on systemic practice of key legislative frameworks and provision covering children, mental health and community care
* Acquire knowledge and skills required in convening and engaging a range of client groups and working with them systemically, as well as develop an ability to appropriately adapt skills and techniques to their own personal area of practice
* Demonstrate an ability to discuss systemic practice in both oral and written forms.


* Demonstrate a range of practice skills (T, F)
* Develop techniques for working with couples (T, F)
* Further develop an ability to use relational, circular thinking in relation to problems for individuals, couples and families in a range of clinical settings, including areas such as physical illness, adult and child mental health or learning disabilities (T, F, A)
* Use self-reflexivity, specifically in relation to practice (T, F, A)
* Identify and reflect on how different schools within systemic therapy view the process of therapeutic change (T)
* Develop enhanced competence to convene a systemic therapy session in a range of clinical settings (T, F, A)
* Develop Narrative Therapy techniques to Intermediate level (T)
* Develop an understanding of how to use and provide supervision/consultation using systemic models (T)
* Develop the ability to concisely and precisely present examples of their practice in written and oral forms (F, A)

The following is a brief outline of the topics that will be covered:
* Refresher of key topics covered on Foundation course, incl. relevant codes of practice and ethics
* Theories of Change
* Working systemically with child complex cases
* Systemic Couple Therapy
* Systemic ways to work through others in Learning Disabilities services
* Working with families to address eating disorders in children
* Working with families when children have chronic physical health problems
* Family Approaches in Brain Injury
* Systemic Applications in Health
* Supervision
* Narrative Approaches.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PS50163 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology