This course is practice-oriented and especially relevant to participants who are required to work with couples and families in their professional clinical settings. The programme is offered at the intermediate level of training in systemic and family psychotherapy, which is a progression from the basic level, “Post Graduate Certificate in Systemic Thinking and Approaches – Applications in Social Work and Clinical Practice”. It provides participants with a greater understanding of the dynamics of working with couples and families from a systemic framework, and equips them with a repertoire of skills and techniques in conducting clinical sessions with couples and families.
|This course enables participants to:|
|1.||Acquire an intermediate level of theoretical and clinical training in working with couples and families, from a systemic approach.|
|2.||Develop clinical and case management skills in engaging couples and families with a range of challenging issues when working in multi-disciplinary settings.|
|3.||Increase self-reflexivity and its application in clinical practice.|
|4.||Increase awareness and management of ethical issues and dilemmas.|
|5.||Increase abilities to evaluate and critique research studies in application to clinical practice.|
270 hours, 12 months (with breaks in June and December 2021)
The course will be on Thursdays, 2pm-5.30pm AND Fridays, 9am to 12.30pm. There will be 2 blocks of intensive training sessions (2.5 consecutive days per block) from two visiting lecturers in the months of April and October 2021 respectively.
|Module 1: Systemic Practice with Couples (98 hours)
||Sharon Koh (Mrs Sharon Sng), Foo Soo Jen, Rebecca Tan (Mrs Rebecca Lo), Sim Sian Kiong (Elijah), Steven Soh, Tony Ong, Terence Tan and Jadelyn Lim (Mrs Jade Low).
2.5 days’ intensive training with visiting lecturer on specialised topics
|Module 2: Systemic Practice with Children, Youth and their Families (81 hours)
||Ruth Chua, Sharon Koh (Mrs Sharon Sng), Foo Soo Jen, Tony Ong, Terence Tan, Cheryl Lim and Valerie Oh.
|Module 3: Supervision and Practice on Working with Couples and Families (91 hours)
||Ruth Chua, Sharon Koh (Mrs Sharon Sng), Foo Soo Jen, Terence Tan and Valerie Oh.|
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 for the first module, together with the Post Graduate Certificate in Systemic Practice with Couples. The lectures for the second module will be conducted online together with the Post Graduate Certificate in Systemic Practice with children, youth and families.
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, supervised practice of clinical work, and presentation of portfolio.
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.