The MSc is a part-time course and has one or two day full day teaching sessions per month and a weekly four-hour clinic placement in a training team os students, arranged by the course, in which your therapeutic work with families will receive live supervision. There are currently supervision clinics located in Leeds, Bradford, Keighley, Hull, Runcorn, Sheffield, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, and Wakefield. This means students can do the most significant amount of work closer to their own area. Clinic locations for 2021/2023 cohort will be confirmed in Summer 2021.
From the course, you will have gained a depth of knowledge of systems theory, cybernetics, constructivism, and post-modern social constructionist ideas which inform contemporary family therapy practice. You will have an understanding of the main therapeutic models in the systemic field; Structural, Milan, Post – Milan, Narrative, and Collaborative / Dialogic. and the skills associated with them.
You will learn about a wide range of systemic approaches to draw upon to work with client preferences and strengths and be able to work with individuals, couples and families and those in close relationships who hold different perspectives and may be drawn to different actions.
You will develop skills to work with more severe emotional, behavioural and situational presentations and with a range of mental illness presentations including work with multi-disciplinary and agency complexity.
The course privileges a critical understanding of issues of societal power and issues of marginalisation in the many contexts and relationships of people’s lives. In personal and professional development groups and in supervision students are encouraged to identify the range of influences on their practice, ranging from their own family life, educational and professional experiences to those held in wider social discourses. The family therapist will have experience of working with difference and diversity including race, culture, class, age, ability and gender with and able to apply this to their practice in all therapeutic settings. Upon successfully completing the course, you will have an appreciation of individual psychological development and family life cycle and the way in which these stages impact upon and are influenced by significant others. People and their difficulties will be understood in the context of interpersonal relationships and wider institutional and cultural discourses. You will have developed a working knowledge of other psychological and psychotherapeutic theories such that they may be related to systemic work or posed as an alternative.
You will be able to use systemic skills in work with teams and other professionals in a collaborative and coordinated manner. You will have developed an appreciation of the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice Code of Ethics and Practice and an awareness of the large scale and smaller operations of power and attend to these in practice. You will be responsive to issues of risk and safety for clients. You will have developed a capacity for self-reflexive practice and see it as part of ongoing professional discipline.
The course will develop your ability to make use of published systemic theory and to be able to critique current research in family therapy. You will develop a high level of ability in articulating theory and practice in relation to case material. Graduates of the course will have skills in teaching others systemic ideas and some basic experience in contributing a systemic perspective in supervision.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Systemic Family Therapy MSc in the course catalogue
Theories of Change and Practice I
Introduction to Research Methods
Family Therapy Skills I
Systemic Supervision and Case Presentation I
Theories of Change and Practice II
Advanced Research Methods
Family Therapy Skills II
Systemic Supervision and Case Presentation II
Learning and teaching
You will be taught through lectures, practical classes, tutorials, seminars and supervised problem based learning research projects. Due to the current COVID pandemic restrictions the course teaching is currently delivered online but will revert to face to face teaching at the University of Leeds when this is possible.
We make extensive use of IT and a wide range of materials to enable students to study at their own pace and in their own time to enhance and extend the material taught formally.
On this course you will be taught by professionally qualified Family Therapists. Leading Family Therapists from other training courses and areas of specialist practice also contribute to the teaching as guest speakers.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
Achievement for the degree of Master will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme.
We monitor your progress through attendance, participation in lectures and tutorials, clinical supervision, feedback on theory seminars, written assignments, an exam in the first year, by recorded practice review, teaching practice, and case presentation.