Become a Certified Systemic and Family Therapist
A four-year training program on the Integrative Model of Systemic Therapy
The Systemic and Family Therapy Training Course in hours
I. Family Therapy and the Systemic Perspective in the wider context of Counselling and Psychotherapy
- The systemic Approach and the fragmentation of the mental health field
- Early approaches and current trends in psychotherapy and family therapy
- The family as a frame of reference in psychology and psychotherapy
- Developmental stages and types of family
- The family as a psychosocial system
- Birth and development of family therapy: Basic concepts and principles of systemic theory
- Distinct Approaches to family therapy: Psychodynamic, Structural, Intergenerational, Empirical, Humanistic, Structural, Strategic-Communication, the Milan Model, Cognitive-Behavioural.
- Influences from Adlerian, Existential and Person-Centred schools of psychotherapy
- Contemporary Trends in Family Therapy:
* Specialized supervision for direct interventions with children and adolescents
* The influence of postmodernism and social constructionism on family therapy (“reality is not discovered but constructed and co-constructed”)
* Integrating attachment theory to systemic thought
* Systemic theory and the brain – Linking systemic theory to new developments in Neuropsychology
II. Applications in Clinical and Counselling Practice, Research, Education, and Work within larger systems (community, work).
- Diagnozing psychopathology and the Systemic/Family perspective
- Family assessment instruments (scales, tests, etc.)
- Diagnostic applications of systemic psychotherapy to adaptational difficulties
- Treating families in the face of loss and mourning, trauma, divorce, suicide, verbal and physical violence, sexual abuse, incest, substance use, etc.
- Psychopathology and the Systemic Approach: Mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders and schizophrenia, eating disorders, somatic disorders, personality disorders etc.
- Linking systemic theory with other theories of personality and psychopathology
- Health and the Holistic-Systemic approach
- Combining medication and psychotherapy
III. Skills in Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Counselling and psychotherapy skills within different schools of therapy
- Supervised practical training, where trainees become progressively more actively involved as therapists: Starting with observation and analysis of sessions through a one-way mirror or video recordings, students can then attend sessions as trainee therapists, conduct initial consultations with individuals, couples or families, and take a thorough history. At more advanced stages, trainees are in a position to undertake and coordinate family and group sessions.
- Trainees obtain ample practice, in class, in supervision, and with clients, in formulating systemic hypotheses, designing a treatment plan and evaluating outcomes.
IV. Group Therapy according to the Integrative Model of Psychotherapy and Counselling
- Synthesis and Integration on a systemic basis, instead of eclecticism in techniques and approaches.
- Using systemic theory to conduct family therapy without a family present, through individual, couple and group sessions
- Principles of group therapy:
* Advantages of group therapy over individual therapy
* Types, categories, composition, and dynamics of therapy groups
* The therapist’s role- Developing skills in the coordination of therapy groups
* The systemic & family perspective within the therapy group
- The Self-Referential Conceptual System and the Three Ecotheories