Families and beyond: an introduction to systemic thinking (online)
We all live our lives in and through our relationships, both past and present, and we are all shaped by the social and cultural contexts in which we are embedded.
Systemic ideas, which form the basis for family therapy, have become hugely influential in recent decades and their application has developed beyond the family and beyond therapy to provide invaluable ways of exploring the contexts in which we all live and work.
What will you gain from the course?
a shift in thinking - moving from a focus on individuals to an ability to think about families, organisations and networks.
how to translate new ways of thinking into action
an understanding of the influences from previous generations on our current families and other close relationships.
a fresh perspective on 'stuck' patterns or difficulties in the work place, including the effects of organisational change
an opportunity to think and talk about identities and positions within a diverse and multicultural society
input on the complexities of contemporary political conflicts and their representations in the media
creative ideas to aid your understanding of the arts
This is an online self-study course delivered through our virtual learning environment, Moodle. It utilises video clips of clinician-trainers talking through concepts and examples, interviews/discussions available as audio podcasts, interactive tasks and full text online reading.
A self-study course is arranged to provide flexibility of time management as you are not required to connect to the optional live online meetings. It is an excellent way to get acquainted with a subject. Your time commitment to the course will be roughly 2 hours per week (1 hour per video lecture, 1 hour for additional reading, discussion forum activity etc).
This course incorporates the following elements:
Directed online study - you are given access to study resources such as video lectures, interviews, podcasts and discussion forum activities.
Reading pack - you are also given access to full online texts such as ebooks, case studies, conference papers and journal articles.
The course is arranged as ten units, which are released on a weekly basis. Each unit covers a particular theme and is delivered through a combination of video lectures, reading activities and reflective tasks. Unit themes include:
What is systemic thinking?
Contemporary system ideas
Systemic ideas in action
The social GRRAACCEES
Diversity and family forms
Organisations and the workplace
Literature and the visual arts
There will also be three live online seminars delivered through a webinar platform - at the beginning, mid-point and end of the course - where the course organiser or tutor will discuss further application of systemic approaches and where students will be able to feedback their experiences of studying this course.
The course is open to those from all walks of life and ages. It is for parents, carers, students, teachers, managers, professionals and all those who would like to find out more about systemic thinking and practice, whether for career purposes or out of general interest.
April -July 2019
The course starts the week commencing Monday 29 April 2019.
Participants can join the course for up to 2 weeks after the start date indicated.