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.
Family therapy is about helping people work towards positive change. Whatever area of health or social care you’re working in, this course is your first step on the path towards qualifying-level training.
During clinical workshops, you’ll learn the skills you need to work with couples and families. In lectures and tutorials, we’ll introduce you to systemic theory and the latest research in areas like child health and social care. And on placement, you’ll put what you learned into practice, growing in confidence every day.
For full-time students, your placement option is a chance to explore your practice area in real depth. Our partner organisations specialise in areas like child mental health, eating disorders, social services, and adult services like psychosis. You’ll complete at least 60 hours of practice you need to progress to the next stage of your training.
We’ll support your development throughout the course – both at King’s and during your supervised practice. Your tutors will help you work towards your career goals and help with any stumbling blocks along the way.
“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
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)
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.
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.
The Family Therapy Grad Cert is accredited by the Association of Family Therapy as a foundation and intermediate course in systemic practice with families and couples and fulfils the first part of the recognised training in family therapy.
King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.