CPD Students with patient model

Working systemically with complex individuals and families

Working systemically with complex individuals and families

Level 7, 30 credits

Course aim

This module will enable you to develop an understanding of the underlying theory and principles of systemic practice with individuals, families and related systems. You will also develop skills to enable you to work systemically with people of all ages in a range of contexts.

Course length

The course will be taught over seven weeks.

Course cost

The 2019/2020 cost of the CPD is:

£38.35 (per credit)

£767 (per course)


One day per week (usually Wednesday) teaching commencing at 16:00 and ending at 19:30. You will be required to undertake online activity in between sessions.

Course content

Those wishing to develop an understanding of the application of systemic theory in practice will gain an understanding of this and an opportunity to practice

  • skills within a practice environment Systemic theories and principles underpinning systemic practice with families and organisations
  • Systemic theory and its application to self, child, couple, family and the therapeutic relationship
  • Research on systemic practice especially in current areas of practice
  • Systemic approaches
  • Wider social context (including professional, political and legal) on self and families
  • Use of the genogram in practice
  • Understanding the complexities of family relationships, strengths and vulnerabilities
  • Identification of individual and family strengths
  • Awareness and consideration of own personal, family and cultural experiences from a systemic perspective
  • Reflecting on self, others and influence on professional practice

You will be required to create a 2500-word patchwork ePortfolio – this is practice related and reflective of the self in relation to your work and a 2000-word practice assessment – written assessment applying systemic theory to your practice context. 

Entry requirements

Evidence of study at level 6.

CPD award

This Continuing Professional Development is stand-alone and it also forms part of the masters framework.

Study dates

September 2019 - see timetable

Study days are Wednesday

How to apply

Please apply using the online application form selecting Postgraduate Taught from the Level of Entry drop down.

Further information

Further information is available in our CPD for healthcare professionals brochure.

Faculty Admissions Team
Faculty of Health
Liverpool John Moores University
79 Tithebarn Street
Liverpool L2 2ER

T: 0151 231 5829
E: Health@ljmu.ac.uk

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