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Our Family Therapy Grad Cert course enables mental health professionals to develop useful theoretical knowledge and practise skills to enable them to work effectively with couples and families in the context of their own professional practice. The focus of the course is in working in mental health settings, and the teaching draws from a range of different approaches. This integrative approach ensures that students have a solid grounding which enables them to adapt their practice to different client groups. At the end of the course students will have gained confidence in working with more than one person in the room and be able to use a number of approaches to help people towards positive change. There is a focus on evidence-based practice and on the development of good therapeutic relationships. Interested in the Family Therapy MSc? find out more on the Family Therapy MSc course page.

Key benefits

  • Introduces students to the field of systemic theory, practice and research.
  • Introduces basic practice skills and their application to clinical practice.
  • Enables students to begin to develop a stance of self-reflexivity and prepare for entry to qualifying level training.

Our Family Therapy course is designed for professionals working in a mental health setting, such as mental health nurses, GPs, paediatricians, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists. Our Family Therapy course is designed for professionals working in a mental health setting, such as mental health nurses, GPs, paediatricians, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists. At the Graduate Certificate level, the course provides an introduction to the field of systemic theory, practice and research and will begin to develop your clinical skills and practice. This is an ideal course for entry into qualifying-level training. “Our course is suitable for students at all levels of their career. Sometimes we get clinical psychologists who have just finished their training and want to work with families. Other times people are social workers for 30 years and decide to do some more training.” Dr Grace Heaphy, Course Director

Base campus

NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
Denmark Hill Campus

Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

Format

Theories Informing Systematic Practice with Families and Couples

Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (50 hours) | Project work (20 hours) | Self study time (50 hours)

Systemic Practice with Families and Couples

Lectures (0 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (60 hours) | Project work (100 hours) | Self study time (140 hours)

Clinical Practice

Lectures (0 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (0 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (120 hours) | Project work (20 hours) | Self study time (10 hours)

Personal and Professional Development

Lectures (0 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (25 hours) | Project work (75 hours) | Self study time (50 hours)

Contact time is based on 30 academic weeks. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work. To meet accreditation requirements, students are required to accumulate 60 hours of clinical practice during the course and acquire 10 hours of clinical supervision arranged by the student.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Teaching

Our teaching staff are the same across the PG Cert and the MSc. Many students choose to apply for the MSc after they graduate, so there will be plenty of familiar faces.

You’ll be taught by clinicians with years of experience in their areas of practice. Many are active researchers – our Faculty has particular expertise in eating disorders.

As well as King’s staff, we regularly bring in outside experts to deliver lectures. That means you’ll hear the latest thinking from real specialists in each subject area.

Assessment

    The primary methods of assessment for this course are written examinations, coursework and practical work (presentation of clinical work- Viva Voce). The study time and assessment methods typically give an indication of what to expect. However, these may vary depending upon the modules.

    Structure

    Required modules

    Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 75 credits. Students on this course are required to take:

    Theories informing Systematic practice with Families and Couples (15 credits)
    Systemic Practice with Families and Couples (30 credits)
    Clinical Practice (15 credits)
    Personal and Professional Development (15 credits)

    Optional modules

    In addition, there is a 0 credit optional module:

    An Introduction to Adult & Child & Adolescent Mental Health (0 credits)

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Employability

    Students can go on to study the qualifying level training (MSc in Family Therapy) Or use their knowledge and skills to incorporate systematic work in existing clinical practice.  Graduates of this course are eligible to apply to the Association for Family Therapy for System Practitioner membership status.

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Full time: £6,284 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £3,145 per year (2022/23)

    International:

    Full time: £9,817 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £4,908 per year (2022/23)

    These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

    Deposit

    When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

    The UK deposit is £500.

    The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

    • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
    • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 days of receiving the offer. 

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

    Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

    Additional Costs

    In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

    • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
    • 10 hours to clinical supervision- arranged by student
    • DBS checks
    • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
    • Library fees and fines
    • Personal photocopies
    • Printing course handouts
    • Society membership fees
    • Stationary
    • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
    • Graduation costs

    Funding

    Our Family Therapy course is designed for professionals working in a mental health setting, such as mental health nurses, GPs, paediatricians, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists. Our Family Therapy course is designed for professionals working in a mental health setting, such as mental health nurses, GPs, paediatricians, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists. At the Graduate Certificate level, the course provides an introduction to the field of systemic theory, practice and research and will begin to develop your clinical skills and practice. This is an ideal course for entry into qualifying-level training. “Our course is suitable for students at all levels of their career. Sometimes we get clinical psychologists who have just finished their training and want to work with families. Other times people are social workers for 30 years and decide to do some more training.” Dr Grace Heaphy, Course Director

    Base campus

    NEV-main-Denmark-Hill-Campus
    Denmark Hill Campus

    Home to the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, clinical and teaching facilities for the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences and the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation.

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

    Format

    Theories Informing Systematic Practice with Families and Couples

    Lectures (30 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (50 hours) | Project work (20 hours) | Self study time (50 hours)

    Systemic Practice with Families and Couples

    Lectures (0 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (60 hours) | Project work (100 hours) | Self study time (140 hours)

    Clinical Practice

    Lectures (0 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (0 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (120 hours) | Project work (20 hours) | Self study time (10 hours)

    Personal and Professional Development

    Lectures (0 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (25 hours) | Project work (75 hours) | Self study time (50 hours)

    Contact time is based on 30 academic weeks. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work. To meet accreditation requirements, students are required to accumulate 60 hours of clinical practice during the course and acquire 10 hours of clinical supervision arranged by the student.

    We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

    Teaching

    Our teaching staff are the same across the PG Cert and the MSc. Many students choose to apply for the MSc after they graduate, so there will be plenty of familiar faces.

    You’ll be taught by clinicians with years of experience in their areas of practice. Many are active researchers – our Faculty has particular expertise in eating disorders.

    As well as King’s staff, we regularly bring in outside experts to deliver lectures. That means you’ll hear the latest thinking from real specialists in each subject area.

    Assessment

      The primary methods of assessment for this course are written examinations, coursework and practical work (presentation of clinical work- Viva Voce). The study time and assessment methods typically give an indication of what to expect. However, these may vary depending upon the modules.

      Structure

      Required modules

      Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 75 credits. Students on this course are required to take:

      Theories informing Systematic practice with Families and Couples (15 credits)
      Systemic Practice with Families and Couples (30 credits)
      Clinical Practice (15 credits)
      Personal and Professional Development (15 credits)

      Optional modules

      In addition, there is a 0 credit optional module:

      An Introduction to Adult & Child & Adolescent Mental Health (0 credits)

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Employability

      Students can go on to study the qualifying level training (MSc in Family Therapy) Or use their knowledge and skills to incorporate systematic work in existing clinical practice.  Graduates of this course are eligible to apply to the Association for Family Therapy for System Practitioner membership status.

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Full time: £6,284 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £3,145 per year (2022/23)

      International:

      Full time: £9,817 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £4,908 per year (2022/23)

      These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

      Deposit

      When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

      The UK deposit is £500.

      The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

      • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021.
      • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 days of receiving the offer. 

      If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

      Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

      Additional Costs

      In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

      • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
      • 10 hours to clinical supervision- arranged by student
      • DBS checks
      • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
      • Library fees and fines
      • Personal photocopies
      • Printing course handouts
      • Society membership fees
      • Stationary
      • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
      • Graduation costs

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