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Year Three Modules

Family and Systems Therapy
Credit points:  15
  • Introduction
  • American Pioneers of Family Therapy
  • Structural and Strategic Models
  • New Methods of Working
  • Family Therapy in Europe: Myths and Mystification
  • Problems of Family Narratives
  • Feminist Perspectives
  • Love and Spiritual Dimensions
  • Families Today
  • Future of Family Therapy
Social, cultural and ethical Issues
Credit points:  15
  • Philosophical treatments of morality and ethics: universal or conventional? Cultural and social factors in ethics.
  • Key elements of professional ethics: consent and autonomy.
  • Research ethics. Confidentiality non-maleficence.
  • Autonomy and power.  Capacity, and decision making. Advanced directives, powers of attorney.
  • Neo-Aristotelian approaches. Care, beneficence, and non-maleficence. Risks of exploitation and the role of an ethics code in protecting vulnerable individuals. Parens patriae and safeguarding.
  • Social and political approaches.  Principles of justice and human rights.
  • Society and culture.  Emic and etic approaches.  Big group and small group sociology.
  • Are there cultural and social universals, and therefore the possibility of transcultural psychotherapy?
  • Theorizing and practising between cultures.  Hegemony. Cultural competence.
  • Social institutions.  How to embed ethical awareness and cultural competence in professional practice.
Human Sexuality
Credit points:  15
  • Terminology, usage, misunderstanding
  • Evolutionary psychology and biology
  • Critical  Sexuality
  • Gender and Identity and Politics
  • Sexual desire and sexual disgust
  • Sexuality, gender, and relationships
  • Selling Sex – Pornography and Erotica
  • Sexual health and relationship
  • The consequences of sexual deviation or failed gender identities
  • Sex and Therapy
Advanced research seminar
Credit points:  15
  • Review of informed consent and other aspects of research ethics by module leader. 
  • Review of coercion, capacity and other issues affecting informed consent: students to reflect on their research samples with this in mind.
  • Review of confidentiality issues by module leader, including requirements of data protection act and of research audit.
  • Review of benevolence and non-maleficence by module leader.  Students will present the risks and benefits of their research designs, and consider how the benefits might be increased (for example by dissemination) and the risks reduced. 
  • Why do people participate in research?  Review by module leader of motives for research participants.  Students to consider their research proposals in turn in relation to the benefits to the individual or to the population and the risks to the individual.
  • Data analysis.  Each student to present the method of data analysis specified in their research protocol
  • Module leader will review previously taught information about validity, reliability, transparency, and other methods of testing data.
  • Finding out more than you knew.  The module leader will review issues about research epistemology and philosophy that bear on safeguards against received opinion or prejudice masquerading as research. 
  • Inference.  The module leader will review previous teaching on evidence and justification. 
  • Scepticism.  The module leader will review previous learning on the null hypothesis and reflexivity. 
Research supervision 2 (3 terms)
Credit points:  15
  • Introductions. Reviewing previous term’s report and setting timetable for term; arranging meetings as appropriate; devising methods of working together, for example by the exchange of drafts; setting and reviewing termly objectives
  • Developing and refining a research question; drafting and redrafting a research proposal; drafting and redrafting a research ethics application, if required; choosing research participants; reviewing research methods if necessary; undertaking data analysis; critically assessing data analysis; preparing a literature review, methods, and results section of a dissertation; considering the significance of the findings with the supervisor; drafting and redrafting a project discussion; completing the written dissertation with an abstract, tables, etc.; checking that references are in the Harvard format and correcting any incomplete references
  • Completing termly report
  • Preparing a fair copy of research project 1 report or submission.
Placement and Supervision 2 (3 terms)
Credit points:  75
  • Clinical placements are an essential part of the learning on this professional training. Students will put into practice the knowledge and skills gained during the first year seminars and the taught components of the second, third and fourth years. Supervision both in the placement and at the New School will monitor the application of these skills through the regular presentation of practice logs, self-evaluation reports, transcripts of client work and case studies. Supervision is offered on a weekly, intensive and online basis, but the syllabus and guidelines for transcripts et cetera remain the same.
  • Each student will bring appropriate clinical material that will be examined and discussed in terms of the student’s own contributions to the therapeutic process. Students are required to critically consider their own interventions and their client’s material. They are also required to give feedback to their peers and learn from the overall clinical discussion in the session. Students will be required to present verbatim client material at least once during the term. Students should attend groups facilitated by at least two different supervisors during the programme of their training. Students should also have two terms with the same supervisor, but no more than three terms with the same supervisor.
  • At the end of each year, i.e. three terms of placement and supervision the student will produce a long  case study of 3000 words.
Part I Research Project
Credit points:  75
  • Submitting slide presentation for development and discussion. Overview of status of research, pilot study and analysis
  • Focus on carrying out a systematic literature review
  • Interviewing and transcribing issues. Data analysis
  • Writing-up, preparation for submission of Part 1 Research Project
Exit Award: MProf
Credit points:  165
While we hope to help you achieve the full doctoral qualification, it is important for you to know that there are a number of exit qualifications to the programme if you were to choose to leave earlier.