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Master's Program in Clinical and Counseling Psychology

RUPP Training on “Family Therapy and Systems Practice”

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 the literature in 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 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 counselors, social workers or psychiatrists. 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. 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 foundation 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 (Prof. John Miller):
Processes in Family Therapy
In this module, we will look at the different stages in Family therapy. 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 learn about problem-maintaining behavior patterns, beliefs and narratives, contextual and constitutional factors in general and discuss their relevance within the Cambodian context.
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
During this module we will reflect on common presented (family related) problems in Cambodia and identify the problem-maintaining behavior patterns, beliefs and narratives, contextual and constitutional factors for subsequent problem and exception formulation. Mainly systemic interventions which address activation of personal und systems resources and change of behavior patterns will be introduced and practised during exercises.
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
Solution Focused Brief Therapy II
In the end of the training we will get a second boost in Solution Focused Brief Therapy, reflecting on its application by the trainees so far and exploring further possible implementation.
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.

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. A written evaluation of one work-related case/ project in relation to a selected theoretical framework is required (not more than …. words) as well as the logging of the completed group work and the completed group supervision sessions. The written work can be submitted during the course or up to two weeks after the graduation module.

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
– Attendance of 100% of course hours
– Submission of documentation about a specific project or Family Therapy intervention and its written evaluation
– Submission of group work logging
– Written work completed until graduation module

Course Staff
Instructors
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), past Research Associate at the Mental Research Institute (MRI), Special Editor of International Affairs for the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (JMFT) and former Program Director of the graduate family therapy program at the University of Oregon.

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. Practitioner in private 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, team building and counselling within a transcultural environment, and committed to work and live in Cambodia.

Supervisors
The group supervision sessions for the participants will be provided by Ms. Bernhild Pfautsch and Ms. 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 must 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. You should ideally have the opportunity to apply Family Therapy or Systemic Practice at your working place.

The deadline of application is on March 5th, 2017.

Interviews with candidates (using Skype in some circumstances) will be held during March 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 dates
Module I     April 3rd – 5th
Module II   June 1st -3rd
Module III  August 10th – 11th
Module IV  October 5th – 6th
Graduation Module   December 7th – 9th
Refreshments and lunch are included during the teaching modules.