- This course is accredited by the Association of Family Therapy (AFT) & Systemic Practice at foundation level, so you can be confident in the knowledge you'll gain and the skills you'll develop
- It's your first step towards training to become a qualified systemic Family psychotherapist subject to satisfying professional body entry requirements
- You can also choose to study it as a stand alone course which will count towards your personal and professional development
- You'll be taught by skilled systemic practice and family therapy practitioners who will ensure you'll be taught all the latest developments in the sector
- You'll learn alongside professionals from a range of disciplines, developing you as an all round health care professional
The course is aimed at multi-agency and multi professional participants who work with a range of client groups presenting a range of challenges, symptoms, issues or difficulties.
This course will provide you with essential knowledge of the use of systemic ideas in practice with individuals, families and agencies. You'll develop an understanding of the connections between your personal history, beliefs and ideas and your current practice within your agency and professional contexts. Our staff are qualified practicing psychotherapists and they’re up to date with what’s going on in practice. They’ll use lots of clinical practice in their teaching, ensuring that what you’re learning will help you in your workplace, and will keep your career moving forward.
During this course we'll encourage you to build upon your knowledge, beliefs and experiences within your own work context and develop a theoretical understanding of systemic thinking and practice. You'll also explore a range of presenting problems and contexts spanning the lifecycle from birth to old age.
This is a foundation level course which will prepare you to go on to study at masters level later on. It marks the first step of a four year pathway to become a qualified systemic psychotherapist.
During this course you’ll:
- Identify a range of systemic models and approaches, both historical and current, and relate these to your own practice.
- Develop your self reflexivity where you can openly reflect on your own processes and a range of systemic practice skills.
- Promote anti-discriminatory thinking and practice and develop an ability to consider ethical issues in your work.
- Become familiar with the research debates in the field and the evidence base.
You’ll cover theoretical principles of working with systems which can be immediately applied to your thinking about your current practice.
We’re proud to say that our courses are closely mapped against the health and social care sector. This ensures that our curriculum is up-to-date, providing you with the assurance that your learning is current and relevant. This does mean that we do have to respond to national changes such as government policy. As a result, some of the information about our courses may change.
You'll study modules such as;
- The Reflective Systemic Practitioner
- The Development of Systemic Theory and Practice
- Personal and Professional Development
You’ll be assessed through assignments, which will demonstrate your ability to apply the ideas and theories you learn to the workplace, by written assignments, group learning and presentations. You’ll also produce a personal and professional development portfolio.
You'll usually need a professional qualification at Diploma in Higher Education level, such as social work, nursing, youth work, teaching, psychology or medicine. If you don't have the relevant qualifications you might still be able to study this course, so contact us to find out. You'll also be assessed by references and an interview.
Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.
Our staff are qualified practising psychotherapists and they're up to date with what's going on in practice. They'll use lots of clinical examples in their teaching, ensuring that what you're learning will help you in your workplace, and will keep your career moving forward.
You could go on to study for a masters degree such as our PG Cert Systemic Thinking and Practice subject to you satisfying the entry requirements. You could then move on to our MSc Systemic Psychotherapy (incorporating PG Cert/PG Dip), which will enable you to register as a systemic psychotherapist or family therapist when you've completed the course.
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Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.