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Master of Arts in Social Work (Family-centred Practice and Family Therapy)
社會工作文學碩士學位(家庭本位實務及家庭治療)

Sept 2020 Entry
Programme code: 54047

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
Department of Applied Social Sciences

Stream Code

FTF (Full-time)
FTP (Part-time)

Mode of Study Mixed Mode

Normal Duration

1.5 years (Full-time)
3 years (Part-time)
3 years (Part-time) with summer terms (42 credits)

Credits Required for Graduation

30/42*

* For application for Clinical Membership of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

Initial Registration Credits

3 for local students
6 for non-local students

Fund Type Self-Financed

Tuition Fee

For local students
Taught subject: HK$4,600 per credit
Practicum: HK$9,750 per credit
Clinical Internship: HK$7,300 per credit

For non-local students
Taught subject: HK$5,600 per credit
Practicum: HK$11,700 per credit
Clinical Internship: HK$8,900 per credit

Programme Leader(s)

Dr So Wa Ngai
PhD, MS MFT, BA Psy, AAMFT Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor

Remarks

  • This programme will not admit students in 2020-21.
  • This programme is offered within the Postgraduate Scheme in Applied Social Sciences.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

The emphasis of this programme is on 'scholarship in practice' in both teaching and learning and on the development of reflective and competent practitioners who can work with individuals, couples and families. Students are encouraged to enhance their sensitivity to recognise the complexity and inter-connectedness of the problems and issues that confront people; to reflect upon and draw implications from examining the social, economic and political contexts that influence human service practitioners and their clients with individual, marital and family problems; to relate family-centred practice theories and systems therapy to their own practice; and to develop personalised professional styles.

 

Characteristics

This programme is designed for practising social workers and related human service professionals who are interested in working with individuals, couples and families. The programme is offered on a mixed-mode basis, with the majority of its subjects being taught on weekday evenings.

 

Students who enrol in the 30-credit programme can either take an additional 12 credits (3 credits of coursework and 9 credits of clinical training) and prepare themselves for application for Clinical Membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) or complete 21 credits and exit with a Postgraduate Diploma.

 

This is one of the two specialisms under the Master of Arts in Social Work Programme. With a configuration of multiple subjects, the programme is the only one of its kind in postgraduate training in applied social sciences in Hong Kong. Allowing students from different specialisms to take subjects from the same pool of Electives is important in promoting their competence to learn and practice in a multidisciplinary context, which is one of the characteristics of a well-rounded professional.

 

During the course of study, students are equipped with the knowledge that is necessary to make integrative links between classroom learning and practice in the field.

Recognition & Prospects

The Programme has been fully accredited by the Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association (HKPCA). Graduates who have completed the Practicum course will fulfil a total of 180 supervised practice hours as required by HKPCA to qualify as an HKPCA Candidate of Certified Counsellor.

 

Programme graduates are eligible to apply for membership in the Hong Kong Marriage and Family Therapy Association (HKMFTA).

 

Programme graduates (42 credits) fulfil the coursework requirement and half of the supervised direct client contact hours requirement for Clinical Membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

Curriculum

Programme Structure

To be eligible for the award, students are required to take 30 credits of coursework (5 Required Subjects and 5 Elective Subjects). Students who have successfully completed 5 Required Taught Subjects and 2 Elective Subjects may exit the programme with a Postgraduate Diploma.
 

Students who wish to prepare for application for Clinical Membership in the AAMFT* should continue their study and take an additional 12 credits (3 in coursework and 9 in clinical training). Upon completion of their study, these students should have taken 5 Required Subjects, 6 Elective Subjects and 3 subjects in clinical training. Clinical training consists of 300 practicum hours and 500 hours of clinical internship. For each Clinical Internship period, students undergo 250 direct practice hours with 50 hours of group supervision.
 

* To apply for AAMFT clinical membership, students are advised to refer to current courses requirements laid down by the AAMFT by browsing the Association's website.

 

Core Areas of Study

MASW(FCPFT): 30 credits

Required Subjects (5 subjects, 15 credits)

  • ​Evolution in Family Therapy: Structural & Systemic Approaches
  • Marriage, Separation, Divorce & Reconstituted Families
  • Practice Research
  • Professional Identity & Ethics
  • Social Constructionism & Collaborative Dialogic Approach

 

Elective Subjects (5 subjects, 15 credits)

  • ​Brief Therapy
  • Child & Family Psychopathology: Theory, Practice & Research
  • Cognitive Behavioural Intervention
  • Couple Therapy Processes & Techniques
  • Family Systems & Adolescent Development
  • Integrative Project
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology & Culture: Parenting, Attachment Relationships & Gender Across the Life Cycle
  • Mindfulness in Counselling
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Psychopathology: Holistic & Humanistic Orientations
  • Violence in Intimate Relationship
  • Practicum A (2 credits)
  • Practicum B (3 credits)

 

MASW(FCPFT): 42 credits 

Required Subjects (5 subjects, 15 credits)

  • ​Evolution in Family Therapy: Structural & Systemic Approaches
  • Marriage, Separation, Divorce & Reconstituted Families
  • Practice Research
  • Professional Identity & Ethics
  • Social Constructionism & Collaborative Dialogic Approach

 

Elective Subjects (6 subjects, 18 credits)

  • ​Brief Therapy
  • Child & Family Psychopathology: Theory, Practice & Research
  • Cognitive Behavioural Intervention
  • Couple Therapy Processes & Techniques
  • Family Systems & Adolescent Development
  • Integrative Project
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology & Culture: Parenting, Attachment Relationships & Gender Across the Life Cycle
  • Mindfulness in Counselling
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Psychopathology: Holistic & Humanistic Orientations
  • Violence in Intimate Relationship

 

Clinical Training (3 subjects, 9 credits)

  • ​Practicum B (3 credits)
  • Clinical Internship I
  • Clinical Internship II

 

Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at www.polyu.edu.hk/apss.

Entrance Requirements

  • ​A Bachelor's degree in social work, social sciences or nursing (with psychiatric nursing experience).

 

Relevant work experience is desirable.

 

If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.

Other Information

Career Prospects

The MASW(FCPFT) programme provides students with opportunities to gain the latest knowledge, develop specialist skills and become reflective, competent practitioners/therapists working with individuals, couples and families challenged by complex problems. The learning experience will facilitate students improving the quality of their service and to meet the continuous education requirements stipulated by professional and licensing bodies. This programme will also allow students to pave a career path with an option to become a private practitioner in helping individuals and families in need.

Enquiries

For enquiries about this programme, please contact:
Ms Carol Chan (tel: (852) 2766 5715);
or Ms Angel Shing (email: sspg@polyu.edu.hk).

Programme Leaflet

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