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Systemic Social Work with Children and Families

About this course

This 12-day Foundation programme will introduce practitioners to a range of evidence-based systemic models and consider their application in a Children’s Social Care context. Within this programme, there is an emphasis on using systemic theory to help formulate ideas about casework, and many opportunities for practice of various approaches, methods, and techniques that might be used to support and intervene with families.

Students are encouraged to think about issues of power and how the position they hold in relation to the family might impact on the work and relationships. They will understand the application of systemic social work practice through case studies that are brought by the trainers, but also by bringing in their own anonymised casework.

Each day of the programme will combine a formal, didactic approach delivered via online video, live chat with tutors via message boards to support theory to practice application, as well as  ‘live’ seminar sessions facilitated by a trainer within a Zoom classroom. Within these live sessions, the group will be encouraged to engage in whole group conversations and debates as well as smaller group activities via break-out rooms.

DAY ONE – Introduction to a Systemic Approach DAY TWO – Uncertainty and the Assessment of Risk to Children DAY THREE – The Genogram as a Systemic Tool