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Families (Social Work)
This course will provide you with a well-developed understanding of systemic theory and practice which will underpin your work with diverse families and organisations. It is the most advanced pre-qualifying course in systemic approaches and constitutes the best preparation for the clinical training in the UK. This course is validated by the University of Essex and accredited by the Association of Family Therapy.
We offer this course at two levels – foundation and intermediate. Students who successfully complete the intermediate course will be eligible to apply to our qualifying MA in Systemic Psychotherapy (M6).
Systemic family therapy involves working therapeutically with individuals together with their families and/or significant others, and enables the use of individuals’ relationships as a resource. It can sometimes include relational work with individuals, psychoeducational approaches and multiple family groups.
This course provides a strong focus on you as a clinical practitioner. You will gain the capacity to recognise multiple contexts, including professional and political discourses that inform your work. In addition, you will develop your systemic practice skills.
The course consists of the following elements:
Theoretical seminars combine theoretical and experiential learning with an emphasis on interactional learning. In smaller application groups, you will be expected to present your own experience using systemic theoretical concepts.
You will undertake presentations on personal and professional issues, illustrating an aspect of systemic theory. These presentations will be done in application groups.
You will attend two full day events which includes presentations and workshops by systemic clinicians.
Who is this course for?
The intermediate course is for you if you already hold an AFT accredited foundation certificate in systemic therapy that has been obtained at the Tavistock and Portman, or another recognised institution. You can also progress to this course if you have successfully completed our Postgraduate Certificate in Child, adolescent and family mental well-being: multidisciplinary practice (D24), having undertaking the family observation. On this course, you will need to see families and couples as the key therapist.
Why study with us?
We have been delivering systemic training at the Tavistock for over 30 years and offer a high level of training delivered in an NHS setting. Our training is delivered experienced clinicians and supervisors who work in child, adolescent and adult mental health services, and social care settings.
Students who successfully complete the intermediate course will be eligible to apply to our qualifying MA in Systemic Psychotherapy (M6).
For this course (per year)
For this course (per year)
In order to be eligible for this course, you must have completed either: Our Systemic approaches to working with individuals, families and organisations (D4) – foundation course OR An AFT accredited Foundation systemic training or one of either our Child, adolescent and family mental wellbeing: multidisciplinary practice (D24) or Mental health and well-being: multidisciplinary practice with young people and adults (D24A), with the family observation seminar undertaken. If you have not completed one of the above, you will need to demonstrate how you meet the learning outcomes of our foundation course. After having submitted an application, please send a document detailing how you meet these to the Department of Education and Training, with your full name and the course code in the subject line. Please ensure that you have addressed each learning outcome individually, and provided evidence.