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Master's Program in Clinical and Counseling Psychology

RUPP Training – Family Therapy and Systemic Practice 2018

Course Overview

This training is designed for practitioners who work with individuals, families and broader interagency systems. In this postgraduate certificate course trainees are introduced to core working concepts and key ideas from Family Therapy and Systemic Practice. There is a main focus to on developing links between theory and practice, particularly with regard to the Cambodian context.

A systemic approach considers the network of significant relationships of which each individual is a part of. It explores the beliefs that give meaning to people’s behavior and the patterns of interaction and communication between people from families and different systems. The course will provide a significant opportunity for interdisciplinary learning by gathering a group of experienced professionals who bring profound proficiency from their field.

The course structure fosters reflective practice with an emphasis on self-awareness for personal development and the immediate implementation of new knowledge in workplace-based cases supported by exercises, case work, peer consultation and supervision. The teaching will comprise lectures, demonstration, experiential exercises, and group work.

Entry Requirements

This qualification is intended for people who have practised in their profession for at least 2 years and who are striving to apply Family Therapy within their work place. In order to complete the course, course participants will need to be currently active psychologists, counselors, social workers or psychiatrists. Applicants who have no degree in the aforementioned profession but have years of relevant experience can be accepted to this course under certain conditions.

The training group will only comprise around 10 -12 participants to ensure an intimate and intensive learning atmosphere.

Structure of the training

The course is structured on 2-day/ 2,5-day modular basis with four modules which comprising teaching, demonstrations and group exercise as well. The fifth graduation module will complete the training with presentations of conducted projects or family therapy cases or application in group settings. During the time between the teaching modules, the participants are requested to attend 16 hours of peer consultation and 12 hours of group supervision with a supervisor assigned by the program.

Curriculum

The curriculum has been carefully designed to fulfill the aims of a foundational level training course and to address and help to develop proficiency in systemic approach skills with regard to the current stage of the existing professional practice in Family Therapy and counseling in Cambodia.

Teaching Modules and Practical Assignments

Module I:

Working concepts of Family Therapy/Special: Solution Focused Brief Therapy

In this module, we will give an overview about general working concepts emerged from the wide scope of various schools of Family and Systems Therapy.

We will provide in-depth teaching and skills training based on the Solution Focused Brief Therapy approach given its high relevance for the current stage of often limited psycho-social service in Cambodia.

Practical Assignment I

The participants are expected to work in peer groups (four hours) on assigned exercises and own counseling/ clinical cases. These peer consultations have to be logged. Each participant should meet with her or his supervisor at least for two group supervision sessions (1,5 hours respectively). The trainees have to fulfill reading assignments.

Module II

With regard to assessment a focus will be on the work with genograms and how to use this tool to explore family resources and strengths. We will consider the trans-generational perspective in family therapy, working in-depth with genograms and learning more about relationship patterns which are transmitted from one generation to the next. We will discuss respective concepts like triangulation and differentiation of self, related to the cultural context in Cambodia.

Practical Assignment II

The participants are expected to work in peer groups (four hours) on workplace-related cases and assigned exercises. These peer consultations have to be logged. Each participant should meet with her or his supervisor at least for two group supervision sessions (1,5 hours respectively). The trainees have to fulfill reading assignments.

Module III

In this module, we will look at the different stages in Family therapy. We will learn about problem-maintaining behavior patterns, beliefs and narratives, contextual and constitutional factors in general and discuss their relevance within the Cambodian context. We will reflect on common presented (family related) problems in Cambodia and introduce interventions which address activation of personal und systems resources.

Practical Assignment III

The participants are expected to work in peer groups (four hours) on workplace-related cases and assigned exercises. These peer consultations have to be logged. Each participant should meet with her or his supervisor at least for two group supervision sessions (1,5 hours respectively). The trainees have to fulfill reading assignments.

Module IV

Family Therapy and Systemic Practice

In this module we will focus on Family Therapy practice. We will learn how to work with distressed couples and help them to change constraining patterns of communication or even domestic violence.

A further emphasis will be put on child- and adolescent focused problems covering parenting and conduct problems. With regard to the current challenges in Cambodia we will learn about Community Family Therapy and its implications related to re-integration of children and young people from residential care and shelters.

Practical Assignment IV

The participants are expected to work in peer groups (four hours) on work-place related cases. These peer consultations have to be logged. Each participant should meet with her or his supervisor at least for two group supervision sessions (1,5 hours respectively). The trainees have to document a specific project or Family therapy intervention conducted by themselves.

Graduation Module

Within a group setting of peer consultation and the presence of course staff each participant is requested to present the documentation (videotape, audio, poster/photo presentation) of his or her project/ Family therapy intervention and provides professional evaluation related to theoretical considerations. The training group is invited to discuss the presented material and to give constructive feedback. Additionally, the trainees are requested to establish a course portfolio on their application of the course content into practice.

Participants are supplied with a general reading list, hand-outs on material of interest, employed work sheets, and specific reading assignments related to the subjects under discussion in a particular module. The logging of the completed group work and the completed group supervision sessions have to be submitted.

A written evaluation of one work-related case/ project in relation to a selected theoretical framework is required for those trainees who aspire for the Postgraduate Certificate Family Therapy and Systemic Practice. Participants without a related Master degree will get a certificate in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice.

Breakdown of hours over the course

Teaching/attendance hours 82 hours

Reading time 28 hours

Written work 12 hours

Peer consultation 16 hours

Supervisor contact hours 12 hours

Total 150 hours

Assessment for the Certificate in Family Therapy and Systems Practice

o Attendance of 100% of course hours

o Submission of documentation about a specific project or Family Therapy intervention (and its written evaluation)

o Submission of group work logging

Course Staff

Instructors

Ms. Bernhild Pfautsch

GIZ development advisor/ Department of Psychology

Royal University of Phnom Penh

Rehabilitation Psychologist, Family Therapist (SG) and Systemic Therapist for Children and Adolescents. Practioner in privat practice working with Children, Adolescents and Families for many years: Family Therapy, Group Therapy for Children, Parenting Training, and Professional Advice for Teachers, Foster Families and Children’s Home Workers.

Ms. Anna Huisman

Freelance Transcultural Family Therapist

Family System Therapist and Senior social worker with over 25 years of experience in individual, groups and family therapy and counselling, including solid creative therapy skills and proven flexibility and communication competencies; experienced in working with traumatized clients in different cultural settings, teambuilding and counselling within a transcultural environment, and committed to work and live in Cambodia.

John K. Miller, Ph.D., LMFT

Professor School of Social Development and Public Policy Department of Social Work Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Dr. John K. Miller is a former President of the Oregon Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (OAMFT), former member of the Board of Directors of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Special Editor of International Affairs for the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (JMFT) Supervisors

The group supervision sessions for the participants will be provided by Anna Huisman.

Administration Staff

Ms. Channika Pot

MA in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, Local Psychological Expert to the Master’s Program of Clinical

and Counseling Psychology

Phone: 012 713 524 Channika_pot@yahoo.com

Course fees

Teaching Module (each) 100 USD

Contribution to Supervision fee (in total) 60 USD

Graduation Module/ Certificate fee 60 USD

Course Material 10 USD

Total 530 USD

The fees have an installment plan. For full information, please contact Ms. Pot Channika.

Reduced rates can be negotiated in justified cases.

How to apply

Applicants should be psychologists, social worker or psychiatrist holding at least a BA in the related field with at least two years of experience in counseling/ working with clients. Applicants without a degree but with years of relevant experience are encouraged to apply for the course and can attain a certificate. You should ideally have the opportunity to apply Family Therapy or Systemic Practice at your working place.

Interviews with candidates (using Skype in some circumstances) will be held during November and December 2017. If you would like to apply, please request the application form and return it to:

Department of Psychology/ RUPP

Master’s Program in Clinical and Counseling Psychology

Ms. Pot Channika <Channika_pot@yahoo.com>

Ms. Bernhild Pfautsch <Bernhild.Pfautsch@giz.de>

Course period of time (tentative)

Module I February 2018

Module II March 2018

Module III May 2018

Module IV July 2018

Graduation Module August 2018

Refreshments and lunch are included during the teaching modules.

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