Post Graduate Certificate in Systemic Thinking and Approaches – Applications in Social Work and Clinical Practice

[PGC-STA]

Introduction

This course provides an in depth understanding of salient systemic concepts and the applications in social work and clinical practice. It enhances knowledge of a variety of foundational systemic models that are integrative to foster a coherent approach in working with clients in the multi-socio-cultural context in Singapore.

This course is also one of the pre-requisites for entry to the Post Graduate Diploma in Family and Systemic Practice course offered by Counselling and Care Centre. Additionally, in view of the grounding this course would provide in terms of the theoretical frameworks, concepts and applications to practice, it is strongly recommended that potential applicants to the other courses run by the centre may consider attending this course.

Objectives

This course enables participants to:
1. Equip themselves with a holistic approach in understanding the complex issues beyond the presenting symptoms that are manifested in individuals and families.
2. Learn to incorporate systemic thinking into practice through a more conversational approach to working with others.
3. Learn to deepen their self-reflexivity through examining their relational positioning and stance in the context of uncertainty and risks.
4. Gain an integrative perspective of the different systemic models in working with individuals and families.

Duration

77 hours, 10 weeks

Structure

Trainees will be provided with an in-depth understanding of salient systemic concepts such as general systems theory, circularity, feedback loops, context (inclusive of wider social and cultural discourse) and appreciate how the family functions and organises itself during transitional points, that supports personal autonomy while maintaining togetherness. They will learn how to bridge thinking to clinical and casework practice. They will learn the “use of the self” as a main tool in practice, especially in the uncertain and risk environment that practice is operating from. Additionally, trainees will study a variety of systemic models. There will be demonstrations and discussions on the integration of the approaches to adapt to the social-cultural context of families in Singapore.

 

Course Modules Trainers
1. CERTIFICATE IN FOUNDATIONAL SYSTEMIC THINKING IN SOCIAL WORK AND CLINICAL PRACTICE (CST)

  • IIntroduction to systemic thinking
  • The development of the self in the relational world; Problem development and resolution
Sim Sian Kiong (Elijah Sim), Terence Tan
2. CERTIFICATE IN FOUNDATIONAL SYSTEMIC APPLICATIONS IN SOCIAL WORK AND CLINICAL PRACTICE (CSA)

  • Reflexive practice (I): Domains of Action; Therapeutic practice: Interventive Interviewing (I)
  • Reflexive practice (II): Safe uncertainty and relational risk-taking; Therapeutic practice: Interventive Interviewing (II)
Sim Sian Kiong (Elijah Sim), Terence Tan
3. CERTIFICATE IN FOUNDATIONAL SYSTEMIC MODELS IN SOCIAL WORK AND CLINICAL PRACTICE (CSM)
 *Launching in the last quarter of 2021 

  • Structural Family therapy
  • Bowen Family Systems Theory : Key concepts and practice in working with individuals and families
  • Milan / Post Milan Systemic Family Therapy: understanding the individual and family as a system and its clinical application
  • Narrative Therapy: valuing diversity, justice and empowerment through stories (Part 1 and 2)
  • Integration of Systemic Thinking and Approaches in Social Work and Clinical Practice
Ruth Chua, Steven Soh, Foo Soo Jen, Sharon Koh (Mrs Sharon Sng), Rebecca Tan (Mrs Rebecca Lo)
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 lectures for the first and second modules, together with the trainees for both certificates in Foundational Systemic Thinking and Systemic Applications in Social Work and Clinical Practice (CST and CSA).

 

Applicants should:
1. Be at least 24 years old and proficient in English.
2. Have a university degree or post graduate diploma preferably in social work, psychology, or other counselling-related professional qualifications.

Methods of Assessment

Written assignment.

Requirements for Completion

Trainees should:
1. Attain attendance of at least 80%.
2. Submit and pass (scoring 50% and above) a written assignment

2021 Intake

UPCOMING INTAKE: SEPTEMBER 2021
Applications open on 1st June 2021 and close on 5th August 2021.
Date of commencement 6 September 2021
Date of completion 1 November 2021

Documents for Application

Submission of the following supportive documents is required for processing of the application:
1. CV
2. Educational qualifications
3. Personal statement – A letter of introduction not exceeding 200 words on your reasons and/or experiences that have shaped your desire to apply for this course of study.

shortlisted applicants

  • Applicants will be notified via email within 14 days from the closing date of application if they have been accepted to the course.
  • Successful applicants will have to attend a compulsory meeting to sign the Student Contract. Date to be confirmed.

How to Apply

Please submit the Training Application Form for online course application.

Enquiries

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