Systemic Theory and Practice 1 - Level 7

About this module

This module is designed to bring together systemic concepts and make links to practice. Key systemic models and frameworks will be visited in depth and considered in relation to the participants current practice base. Attention will be paid to the research and the development of evidence based practice and the critical evaluation of "evidence".

It is essential that the systemic student is able to demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the effects of gender, race, culture, disability, sexual orientation and other attributes commonly discriminated against, in their agency and in the wider context of society. This module also invites participants to consider the impact of national and local legislative frameworks, policies and procedures on their work.

Learning Beyond Registration

Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) is a vital part of developing competent, capable health service practitioners prepared to deliver a dynamic, flexible, quality, client-focused service. If you're employed by the NHS in the East Midlands then you may be eligible for fee-free access to our LBR modules and/or programmes. You'll need to supply evidence of approval from your line manager and Trust Education Lead when you apply.

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Continuing Professional Development

CPD is a core element of every health and social care professional's development journey. We have CPD modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels (levels 6 and 7), which have all been tailored to meet the needs of practitioners and managers working within the health and social care sectors. We have modules to suit nurses, occupational therapists, hand therapists, radiographers, psychotherapists, and those working within complementary therapies.

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Which professions is this module aimed at? All Health and Social Care Professionals

Start dates are usually: September

Module level: Level 7

Module credits: 20 credits

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an awareness of a broad range of literature relating to systemic practice and family therapy from both past texts and contemporary writing in the field.
  2. Offer a critique of the theoretical concepts and their application to the context in which you work.
  3. Describe your understanding of the theories of change in relation to the models you have chosen.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to show commitment to actively promote ethical, anti-discriminatory practice and to highlight and critique culturally based assumptions
  5. Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate selected qualitative and quantitative research methods, recognising their strengths, limitations and contribution to the development of psychotherapeutic knowledge and practice.

Fees and finance

Studying via LBR

If you're employed by the NHS in the East Midlands you may be eligible for fee-free access to out LBR modules. You'll need to supply evidence of approval from your line manager and Trust Education Lead when you apply. Find out more at

Self-funded CPD

If you're self-funding, then the team you need to contact depends upon how you wish to study. Some modules are available online whereas others are studied on campus, through distance learning or a mixture of the two.

Where will I study?

You'll study this course via on campus learning.

Contact details

To find out more about studying this module through the LBR scheme, please contact the LBR team:

T: +44 (0)1332 591992

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For campus, blended or distance learning modules please contact the College of Health and Social care team:

T: +44 (0)1332 591703