Families and Systems Work

1. Introduction

Short code

PSA5327

2. American Pioneers of Family Therapy

Title

Families and Systems Work

3. Structural and Strategic Methods

Level

8

4. New Methods of Working

Credit points

15

5. Family Therapy in Europe: Myths and Mystification

Start term

Year 3, term 1

6. Problems of Family Narratives

Subject

Psychotherapy and Counselling

7. Feminist Perspectives

Module Leader

Naomi Stadlen

8. Love and Spiritual Dimensions

Accredited by

UPCA/UKCP

9. Families Today

10. Future of Family Therapy

Module restrictions

(a) Pre-requisite

None

(b) Programme restriction

None

(c) Level restrictions

8

(d) Other restrictions or requirements

None

10.

Automatic

No

11.

Aims

The aims of this module are to provide a thorough grounding in the family and systems perspective on therapy and to show the development of this approach from its inception to the present day. The programme will introduce students to a comprehensive range of theories and methods and will enable them to think in terms of context and system. Students will be challenged to think of individual problems as located in the nexus of the family and to apply this way of looking at issues to their own clinical work.

12.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge

On completion of this module, the successful student will be able to:

1. Understand the basic concepts of family and systems family thinking and how they differ from focusing on an individual.

2. Be familiar with and able to apply appropriately the terms: ‘cybernetics’, ‘feedback’, ‘double bind’, ‘triangulation’, ‘sub-system’, ‘family life cycle’, ‘dominant narrative’.

3. Have an introductory knowledge of the main ‘models’ of family therapy including structuralist , strategic , constructivist , narrative, feminist, cognitive behavioural and attachment theory models.

4. Have an introductory knowledge of the research on the contribution of positive and negative emotion in relationships to the stability of couples and families.

5. Demonstrate knowledge of the range of family types and compositions that in their own and in other cultures.

Skills

This module will call for the successful student to demonstrate the following abilities to:

1. Demonstrate the ability to apply family and systems perspectives to current work with individuals.

2. Demonstrate in class work the ability to apply and where appropriate, to modify, family and systems insights to different family structures.