The Master in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice is a professional training course where students will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to become qualified family and systemic therapists. It enables students to develop reflective practice in their clinical work, as well as explores specialized issues and current theoretical debates in family therapy and systemic consultation and supervision.
The programme of studies extends over a period of four years of part-time study which involves taught units as well as yearly core practicals (which may be held during the day and/or evenings) undertaken in different local therapeutic contexts providing the basis for the development of systemic skills and practice. Individuals who already hold a recognized Postgraduate Diploma in Family Therapy and who fulfil the necessary criteria for eligibility, may be considered for admission to the third year. The course also includes a research component involving the writing of a dissertation.
The programme aims to train students to:
• learn and apply a range of therapeutic approaches based on systemic principles, with families, couples and individuals. • learn about models for conceptualizing presenting problems, and specific skills for conducting systemic psychotherapy. • learn the core topics and concepts in systemic thinking.
The Course shall be open to applicants who are proficient in the Maltese Language and who are in possession of the following qualifications: a Bachelor degree from this University, or another institution recognized by Senate for the purpose, with at least Second Class Honours in Psychology, Social Work, Education, Youth and Community Studies or in any other area of study deemed relevant by the Board.
Applicants referred to above are also required to have one year work experience that is normally gained within the psychosocial sector. Applicants are required to present a letter of attestation demonstrating that they are in possession of a minimum of 1200 hours of such work experience. Work experience that is gained from within the voluntary sector shall also be considered.
All applicants shall be required to demonstrate that they have the necessary aptitude and disposition to follow the Course with profit.
(a) Professional aptitude and disposition shall be measured by means of exercises involving (i) role play and group discussion and (ii) an extended personal interview conducted by a board appointed for the purpose and
(b) Applicants who obtain less than 60% for the professional aptitude and disposition criterion shall automatically not be admitted into the Course.
The maximum number of students that can be admitted into the course is 16 students.
When the number of applicants that may be admitted to the Course is limited, and the number of applicants who satisfy the aptitude criterion exceeds the number of places available, applicants shall be selected according to the following criteria, which shall be weighted as follows:
(a) degree type and classification – 20% (b) work experience - 10% (c) reference letters - 5% and (d) aptitude and disposition – 65%.
The interviewing board appointed by the Board shall be composed of at least three members.
For the purpose of selection, applicants whose qualifications as stipulated above were obtained by 31 August preceding the commencement of the Course shall be considered first.
On acceptance on the Course, applicants will be asked to submit an original Police Certificate of Conduct (not more than 6 months old) to the Faculty for Social Wellbeing.
The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2020.
For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.
UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.
Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.
After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.
Total Tuition Fees: Eur 6,400 Fee per semester: Eur 800
Total Tuition Fees: Eur 21,600 Fee per academic year: Eur 5,400
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
• acquire an understanding of the entire family therapeutic process from referral to termination. • understand in greater depth the areas of gender, culture, sexual orientation and how these impact the therapeutic process. • apply their systemic skills to a variety of work settings within the public sector in their work with families, couples and individuals. • be able to offer systemic consultations to organizations • possess the necessary research skills to plan, conduct and report on a piece of quantitative or qualitative research. • critically review a range of published research studies, and to reflect on the way research findings can be utilized in their clinical work. • apply their learning to their work contexts • work as family therapists. • work well in a reflexive manner. • develop an awareness of how their own experiences affect their work with clients.
This postgraduate professional course is intended for graduates who wish to gain specialised knowledge and skills in the area of family therapy and systemic practice and is most relevant for a variety of professionals with the necessary qualifications, aptitude and disposition. Included amongst those for whom the course would be beneficial, are psychology graduates social workers, psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists, nurses and midwives, mediators, psychiatrists, educators, graduates in youth and community studies and pastoral counsellors. Applicants also need to have one year of work experience that is normally gained within one of the health or social sciences disciplines or equivalent.
This course will offer enhanced opportunities for employment as a family therapist in different contexts, in addition to giving the individual a professional status. It enhances the ability to understand different relationships, meanings, beliefs, and dynamics across various systems.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2020/1.
Last Updated: 23 July 2020
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