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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
FAMT5211M Theories of Change and Practice I
20 creditsClass Size: 50
Module manager: Marie McGovern
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2017/18
Pre-requisite qualificationsAs set out in the Programme level Entry Requirements.
|FAMT5240M||Intro to Research Methods|
|FAMT5450M||Family Therapy Skills I|
|FAMT5470M||Syst Supervision & Case Pres I|
This module is not approved as an Elective
ObjectivesOn Completion of this module the student should be able to:
- differentiate between the major theories of change held in the systemic field and to be able to identify the significant
contributors to their developments, with particular attention to structural family therapy, cybernetic models, modernism and constructivism;
- distinguish between current major schools of family therapy, but with particular emphasis on early developments in the field up to 1992;
- demonstrate an understanding of the influences of other bodies of knowledge on the development of systemic thinking, ie from philosophy (hermeneutics), sociology and biology;
- demonstrate an understanding of the other physiological, psychological, sociological and psychotherapeutic theories in areas of Mental Illness, Learning Disability, Substance Abuse, Child Development and Geriatrics and Divorce and to consider these in relation to systemic theory;
- show an appreciaition of some of the similarities and differences between systemic therapy and other psychotherapy models i.e.cognitive behavioural,psychoanalytic, etc;
- demonstrate an appreciation of complex systemic perspectives in relation to difference; including issues of race, culture,
gender and disabilities;
- demonstrate a coherent use of systemic language and concepts;
- demonstrate application of systemic theoretical approaches to the work of agencies such as courts that influence family functioning;
- make effective use of key professional journals in the support for and critique of significant issues in the field.
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- critically describe the major theories of change held in the systemic field;
- critically review the major theories of change within systemic family therapy prior to 1992;
- appraise the influences of other bodies of knowledge on the development of systemic thinking, ie from philosophy, sociology and biology;
- integrate the psycho-social, developmental and attachment theories in relation to child and family development;
- apply and critique material on different family forms and family life cycle;
- display comprehension and appropriate application of key words and concepts in systemic theory;
- critique key ideas from the literature in the field of systemic family therapy.
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- articulate and distinguish the major theories of change held in the systemic field.
- demonstrate comprehension of the distinctions between current major schools of family therapy, but with particular emphasis on pre 1992.
- to incorporate the understanding of the influences of other bodies of knowledge on the development of systemic thinking, ie from philosophy, sociology and biology in relation to clinical practice .
- to integrate an understanding of the psycho-social, developmental and attachment theories in relation to child and family development.
- show an ability to describe and critique material on different family forms and family life cycle and to critique in relation to systemic ideas.
- search the literature in the field in relation to specific clinical issues.
This module is the theoretical foundation for advanced clinical practice. The primary focus is on theories of change in systemic family therapy. This includes but is not limited to theories of structure, cybernetics, second order cybernetics, modernism, constructivism. The student will be expected to grasp these essential differences.
Emphasis will be placed on the earlier developments in the field (1950's - 1992) and will be followed in the second year with the more contemporary theory. In addition, there will be opportunity for further reading and consideration of material from other bodies of knowledge which have been influences on psychotherapy and systemic therapy; philosophy, biology and psychology.
Particular attention will be paid to attachment theory and life cycle developmental theory. Theory and application will be critiqued in relation to ideas of race, culture, gender and disabilities.
Through preparing for the examination and the seminar presentation students will gain an ability to use systemic text and journals as well as gain a familiarity with the fundamental concepts and terms.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Class tests, exams and assessment||1||2.00||2.00|
|Private study hours||162.00|
|Total Contact hours||38.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private study- Reading for lectures and seminars and working on lecture material
- Preparing seminar presentation
- Preparing for exam
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudents have termly individual tutorials to review progress and assessment feedback, with early identification and support for students who are not achieving at a satisfactory level.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Presentation||1 x seminar group presentation||20.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||20.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)||2 hr 00 mins||80.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||80.00|
Resit attempts capped at 50 and module grade capped at 50. Both components must be passed.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 07/03/2017
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