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PSME437 Applied Systems Theory

The application of systems theory to organisations or families. The development of therapeutic skills within the systemic model.

Family and systems therapy addresses problems from a whānau perspective, rather than sighting problems within an individual. It examines layers of complexity present within families and the systems they live within and collaborates with these people to find new meaning and hope.

Paper title Applied Systems Theory
Paper code PSME437
Subject Psychological Medicine
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,692.75
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $9,125.00

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Restriction
PSMX 437
Limited to
MHealSc, PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc
Notes
(i) Students must be able to demonstrate a basic level of counselling/therapy skills. (ii) It is preferable that students be employed in a setting that allows them to apply systemic ideas to their ongoing work.
Paper Structure
PSME 437 will enable students with an appropriate health professional qualification to begin to understand the principles and practice of systemic therapy as applied to families or organisations. This paper provides students with a basic grounding in systemic principles and teaches the skills necessary to assess and intervene in family or organisational systems.

So that students are able to practise their skills, it is preferable that they be employed in a setting that allows them to do so in an ongoing way. Assessment will be focused on the integration of theory and practice, and the demonstration of skills in line with this. As this paper is distance taught, students will participate in a supervision group throughout the semester so that they remain connected to the group and are able to pace their learning.

This is a practice- and skills-oriented paper, focusing upon the development of conceptual, assessment and interventive skills with families and other systems. It requires a considerable amount of supervised fieldwork (40 hours). Completion of the programme will also go towards meeting goals set out in the Werry Centre competency framework for the Child and Youth Mental Health workforce, Real Skills Plus, 2009. This second paper contributes to the completion of the two-paper certificate, which will increase the therapeutic ability of social service professionals who wish to make a difference to the well-being of families in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
Contact
Maria Fitzmaurice (Postgraduate Programme Administrator), maria.fitzmaurice@otago.ac.nz
Eligibility
Applicants need to have an appropriate health, counselling or education qualification (extensive experience will be considered) and need to be working in and have access to a context within which the fieldwork component (40 hours) of the paper can be completed.

Interested applicants are invited to commence phase one of online enrolment with the University (www.otago.ac.nz). As there is a clinical component to this paper, registered applicants will be sent an Application for Acceptance Form to be considered for this paper. If successful, applicants will be invited to formally enrol with the University.
Teaching staff
Course Convenor and Lecturer: Julie Burgess-Manning
And other family therapists representing a variety of models
Teaching Arrangements
In 2017 this paper will be block taught from the Christchurch campus in the second semester. The paper consists of two 3-day blocks and one 2-day block, which includes the final exam. These blocks will be taught in July, September and November (block course dates to be confirmed). Attendance at the blocks is compulsory.
  • Block One July 2017 (3 days Wed-Fri)
  • Block Two September 2017 (3 days Wed-Fri)
  • Block Three November, 2017 (2 days, including Final Exam)
FST Brochure 2017
Course outline
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will gain
  • A basic knowledge of systems theory
  • Competence to intervene in families
  • Knowledge of the appropriateness of the intervention
  • The ability to reflect on their own learning and position as a therapist/intervener
Textbooks
To be advised before Block One

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Wellington
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
None

The application of systems theory to organisations or families. The development of therapeutic skills within the systemic model.

Family and systems therapy addresses problems from a wh?ünau perspective, rather than sighting problems within an individual. It examines layers of complexity present within families and the systems they live within and collaborates with these people to find new meaning and hope.

This paper is expected next to be offered in 2019.

Paper title Applied Systems Theory
Paper code PSME437
Subject Psychological Medicine
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Restriction
PSMX 437
Limited to
MHealSc, PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc
Notes
(i) Students must be able to demonstrate a basic level of counselling/therapy skills. (ii) It is preferable that students be employed in a setting that allows them to apply systemic ideas to their ongoing work.
Eligibility
Applicants need to have an appropriate health, counselling or education qualification (extensive experience will be considered) and need to be working in and have access to a context within which the fieldwork component (40 hours) of the paper can be completed.

Interested applicants are invited to commence phase one of online enrolment with the University (www.otago.ac.nz). As there is a clinical component to this paper, registered applicants will be sent an Application for Acceptance Form to be considered for this paper. If successful, applicants will be invited to formally enrol with the University.

Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.
Contact
Maria Fitzmaurice (Postgraduate Programme Administrator)
maria.fitzmaurice@otago.ac.nz
Dept of Psychological Medicine
University of Otago, Wellington
Teaching staff
Course Convenor and Lecturer: Julie Burgess-Manning
And other family therapists representing a variety of models
Teaching Arrangements
This paper consists of two 3-day blocks and one 2-day block, which includes the final exam. Attendance at the block courses is compulsory, and students are required to make travel arrangements around the specific dates and times.
Textbooks
To be advised before Block One
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will gain
  • A basic knowledge of systems theory
  • Competence to intervene in families
  • Knowledge of the appropriateness of the intervention
  • The ability to reflect on their own learning and position as a therapist/intervener
Paper Structure
PSME 437 will enable students with an appropriate health professional qualification to begin to understand the principles and practice of systemic therapy as applied to families or organisations. This paper provides students with a basic grounding in systemic principles and teaches the skills necessary to assess and intervene in family or organisational systems.

So that students are able to practise their skills, it is preferable that they be employed in a setting that allows them to do so in an ongoing way. Assessment will be focused on the integration of theory and practice, and the demonstration of skills in line with this. As this paper is distance taught, students will participate in a supervision group throughout the semester so that they remain connected to the group and are able to pace their learning.

This is a practice- and skills-oriented paper, focusing upon the development of conceptual, assessment and interventive skills with families and other systems. It requires a considerable amount of supervised fieldwork (40 hours). Completion of the programme will also go towards meeting goals set out in the Werry Centre competency framework for the Child and Youth Mental Health workforce, Real Skills Plus, 2009. This second paper contributes to the completion of the two-paper certificate, which will increase the therapeutic ability of social service professionals who wish to make a difference to the well-being of families in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

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Timetable

Not offered in 2018

Location
Wellington
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
None