Post Graduate Certificate in Systemic Practice with Children, Youth and their Families

[PGC-CYF]

Introduction

This is a 81-hours part-time programme to equip trainees to work with children, youth and their families. This programme will provide trainees with a greater understanding of the dynamics of children, youth and their families from a systemic framework. Its distinctive feature is the emphasis on facilitating trainees’ development of a repertoire of skills and techniques through guidance and supervision on their clinical practice with children, youth and their families.

Objectives

This course enables participants to:
1. Provide an intermediate level of theoretical and clinical training in working with children, youth and their families, with a systemic approach.
2. Enable trainees to apply clinical and case management skills appropriately in convening and engaging children, youth and
their families in a range of challenging issues and in working with them systemically in multi-disciplinary settings.
3. Increase self- reflexivity of trainees by generating an understanding of self as a practitioner in clinical practice and in
management of ethical dilemmas.

Duration

81 Hours, 2.5 Months.

Structure

The course will be on Thursdays, 2pm-5.30pm AND Fridays, 9am to 12.30pm.

 

Course Modules Trainers
1. Principles and precepts in working with Children, Youth and their Families

  • In this component, trainees will revisit and reconnect with a selection of systemic theories and models that are effective for working with children, youth and families.
  •  It seeks to lay a theoretical foundation based on systemic concepts, and introduce useful frameworks of practice.
Ruth Chua, Sharon Koh (Mrs Sharon Sng), Foo Soo Jen, Tony Ong, Terence Tan, Cheryl Lim and Valerie Oh
2. Intensive Training and Practice 

  • During this programme, there will be an intensive training workshop that facilitates the deepening of systemic thinking and effective practice with children, youth and their families.
  • It also includes a post-workshop session to consolidate learning from the workshop. This component facilitates the deepening of systemic thinking and effective practice with youth and their families, and includes a post-workshop session to consolidate learning from the workshop.
2.5 days intensive training workshop with a visiting lecturer on specialised topics.
3. Understanding the emotional world of children and youth   

  • This component focuses on understanding children and youth, their development, sexuality, their relationship with play, socialization and change.
  • Ideas from systems, attachment, psychosocial and object relations theories will be introduced and integrated into a framework for practice.
  • This includes working with children, youth and their emotions, children and youth who had experienced traumatic experiences, and skills in bringing forth strength and resilience.
Ruth Chua, Sharon Koh (Mrs Sharon Sng), Foo Soo Jen, Tony Ong, Terence Tan, Cheryl Lim and Valerie Oh.
4. Supervision of Clinical Practice with Children, Youth and their Families

  • Opportunities will be given to trainees for the acquisition and honing of counselling skills in working with children, youth and their families through skills demonstration and practice, group and individual supervision.
Valerie Oh and Cheryl Lim

Minimum Class Size: 10
Average Teacher-Student Ratio: 1:10

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Due to the uncertainties of COVID-19, we will be conducting all lectures online via zoom. Trainees will attend online lectures together with the Post Graduate Diploma in Family and Systemic Practice as this course is its second module.

Group supervision will be conducted in small groups (less than 10 persons) at our premise. Each group will be assigned with a supervisor for interactive and experiential learning such as group discussions, reflective exercises, audio/video-taped demonstration of clinical work and supervised practice of clinical work.

However, in the event that the pandemic worsens and that we are unable to gather for group supervision sessions, we will adjust and run the training with adaption to the prevailing safe management measures. We will make these arrangements as soon as there is clarity about what is safe.

Applicants should:
1. Possess a minimum of a diploma and/ or degree in social work or counselling, psychology and other relevant qualifications. Priority will be given to applicants who have completed a postgraduate certificate/ basic course in systemic thinking and family therapy with a minimum of 60 training hours.
2. Be social workers/youth workers/counsellors/psychologists who have a minimum of 2 to 3 years of experience working with children and youth services, family service centres, residential homes, schools, medical and psychiatric hospitals. They should obtain relevant permission for live supervised practice.

Methods of Assessment

Written assignments, journals of reflection of learning.

Requirements for Completion

Trainees should:
1. Attendance of at least 80% of total course hours (81 hours)
2. Submit and pass (Score 50% and above) a written assignment
3. Submit journals of reflection of learning.

2021 Intake

UPCOMING INTAKE: SEPTEMBER 2021
Applications open on 1 April 2021  and close on 7 July 2021 5pm.
Date of commencement 9 September 2021
Date of completion 26 November 2021

Documents for Application

Submission of the following supportive documents is required for processing of the application:
1. CV
2. Educational qualifications
3. Completed Letter of reference from the home agency/ Employer 
4. Completed Certification by Centre Head

SHORTLISTED APPLICANTS

  • Shortlisted applicants will be notified via email within 7 days from the closing date of application if they are accepted to the course.
  • Successful applicants will have to attend a compulsory meeting to sign the Student Contract on 21 July 2021, 1.00 pm via Zoom platform.

How to Apply

Please submit the Training Application Form for online course application.

Enquiries

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