|Duration||2 years part time|
|Entry year||2022 (September start)|
- Developed to equip you with the ability to assimilate and understand psychological therapeutic practice in general and in your chosen therapeutic modality in depth. This includes an appreciation of the relationship between different forms of psychotherapeutic practice.
- Designed to constitute a qualifying programme for you to become an independent professional practitioner in family/systemic psychotherapy. As long as all requirements are met the programme will give you eligibility to apply for registration with the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice as a family/systemic psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
- The programme is split into academic and clinical sets of modules. The clinical modules will enable you to become a competent family/systemic psychotherapist and run alongside the academic modules.
Competency-based training, delivered according to the latest evidence-informed clinical pedagogic approaches
Dedicated training facilities equipped with video and audio recording
A strong emphasis throughout the programme is placed upon your personal and professional development
This programme will cover core and advanced theories and skills, and will not be taught at a basic or introductory level. It is intended for trainees who have such basic knowledge and skills who wish to become more specialised or advanced practitioners and or researchers.
Successful applicants to the course will need to have met the following criteria:
1. Preliminary training in systemic practice.
Normally this would mean at least a year’s preliminary formal systemic psychotherapy training (successful completion of a foundation and intermediate course or equivalent).
2. Clinical experience using a systemic approach.
Normally this would mean an intermediate level course that includes a minimum of 60 hours of supervised practice. Applications will be considered from those who have not completed a formal intermediate level training but who can provide evidence of appropriate clinical and educational experience.
3. An undergraduate degree, or a previous qualification at an equivalent level.
This is required by the University of Exeter for enrolment in a postgraduate programme and is important to ensure capacity to complete academic course work, most of which will be done through self-directed assignments.
4. A recognised qualification in a profession involving the care of people with mental health problems.
A qualifications such as Clinical Psychology, Psychiatry, Mental Health Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Counselling (with membership of BAC). The programme will assume basic knowledge of topics such as the diagnosis of mental health problems, ethical practice and the trainee's capacity to observe basic ethical, safety and reporting procedures in carrying out a course of therapy.
5. Normally the applicant will also be working in settings in which they can be working systemically with clients.
Trainees must have the approval of their manager in releasing them from some of their normal duties for the duration of the Programme.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
How to apply
Due to unprecedented demand, we have already reached full capacity for the 2021 intake of this course. We are sorry to disappoint those who hoped to still apply. We would encourage you to still make contact to express your interest as we are considering running a further cohort in autumn 2022.
You are strongly advised to speak directly to the Programme Director, Mark Rivett, to discuss your particular situation before applying. We may also be able to help you gain any necessary experience to meet prerequisites, therefore please make contact well in advance.
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Part time (2 years): £7,250 per year
Due to clinical placements and supervision requirements our programmes are not normally available to students who are not based in the UK. For further details please contact the programme administrator.
We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at the University of Exeter, please visit our dedicated funding page.
"I believe using a systemic framework can help us tackle some of the difficulties we face generally. Almost all the young people I work with are responding appropriately and understandably to incredibly difficult life circumstances. We need to contextualise mental health, within both the family and wider society."
Co-director of Systemic Portfolio, Senior Lecturer, Researcher and Systemic Psychotherapist/Academic Lead for MSc PTPR Systemic Therapy
» Read more about how Hannah became a therapist
Teaching and research
Teaching will include lectures, supervision and tutorials, seminars and discussions within the whole group. There will be practical classes, reading and preparation in preparation for presentations and assessments.
There will also be guided independent study: you will design, recruit, prepare and submit an ethics application, conduct data collection, analyse data, write up and disseminate.
Assessments for year 1 include:
- research proposal
- critical analysis
- group presentation
- case study
- and completion of a placement and accompanying placement report, written by supervisor and student.
Assessments for year 2 include:
- research project
- DVD of presentation (15 minutes) and placement report
- a book review
- case study of your own practice
- and a final presentation of a specific model of therapy, including presentation.
This programme is training people already in a career within the NHS or an IAPT service. It will provide you with an outstanding opportunity to develop the competencies and knowledge associated with practice as a Practitioner.
A strong emphasis throughout the programme is placed upon your personal and professional development.
Advantages of the programme are that:
- You will study within a vibrant, stimulating and internationally-recognised research environment, where members of your teaching team have first-hand experience within the clinical setting.
- Your learning experience will be enriched by nationally-recognised, innovative, clinical teaching approaches, designed to develop you on your terms.