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Jul 2016 by PCI College

New Course - MSc in Family Therapeutic Skills

Learn what is the Family Therapy approach; how it will be taught in the classroom; and where it is appropriate to be used.

 

PCI College are delighted to be expanding our suite of programmes to include our MSc in Family Therapeutic Skills.


What is special about Family Therapy?

Family Therapy is the most popularly recognised descriptive title for a body of practice and theory which continues to evolve and to grow at an extraordinary rate. Originally, the approach was distinguished by the practice of including entire families in the therapy process rather than an individual client. This practice continues, but is not a necessary aspect of the approach.


The principle which informed Family Therapy from the time of its inception in the 1950s has been to transcend simple cause and effect explanations which located deficits within the individual, and to include those aspects of the client’s context in the therapy process which will enable them to manage, resolve or better understand their difficulty.
It is this ecological view which attends to the interconnectedness of people, of beliefs and of all things, which characterises Family Therapy rather than the number of people sitting in the therapy room.


What can students expect?


Students can expect a high quality cutting edge programme that captures and imparts a modern understanding of family therapy informed theory and practice that can be incorporated into a variety of practitioner’s contexts such as counselling, teaching, psychology, social care and the allied health professions.


The course is delivered through lectures, small group seminars, skills development groups, case presentations, personal and professional development groups.


Study groups are small and there is a high level of personal attention. Lectures and discussions form the core teaching for each module. They cover the main topics and key themes in the curriculum of each module, and ideas are developed further in small group work, case analyses and student presentations.


When is family therapy appropriate?


Anyone who has a condition that interferes with his or her life and the lives of family members may benefit from family therapy. Usually, the better the family functions, the lower the stress level for all family members.
Family therapy has been used successfully to treat many different types of families in many different situations, including those in which there are:
•    Couple relationship difficulties
•    Child and adolescent mental health issues
•    Adult mental health issues
•    Child, adolescent and adult behaviour difficulties
•    Parenting issues
•    Illness and disability in the family
•    Separation, divorce and step-family life
•    Anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders
•    Fostering, adoption, kinship care and the needs of ‘looked after’ children
•    Domestic violence and abuse
•    Self-harm
•    Drug and alcohol misuse
•    The effects of trauma
•    Difficulties related to ageing and other life cycle changes.
•     Parents who have conflict within their relationship.
•    A child has behaviour or school problems.
•    Children or teens have problems getting along with each other.
•    One family member has a long-term (chronic) mental illness or substance abuse problem, such as severe depression or an alcohol use problem.


Family therapy can also be useful before problems begin. Some families seek this type of therapy when they anticipate a major change in their lives. For example, a man and woman who both have children from previous marriages may go to family therapy when they marry to help all family members learn how to live together.


The concepts of family therapy can also be used in individual therapy sessions and are very helpful for people who come from families in which there is illness and/or other problems. Adults who lived in poorly functioning families as children may benefit from individual therapy using family therapy concepts.

Click here to enrol on the MSc in Family Therapeutic Skills

What our Students Say

"Powerful teaching methods that gave a lot of food for thought which challenged and expanded my self awareness"
Certificate Student 2013, Dublin West

What our Students Say

" Nice combination of talk and experience...a great course for anyone interested in Play Therapies. Anne was very present and available. Most enjoyable session!"
Caroline Brady - Child & Adolescent Counselling Taster Day
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