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 2017 Entry
Programme code: 54047

Duration & Credit Requirement


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 (44 credits)

Credits Required for Graduation

30/44*

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

Fund Type
Self-Financed
Initial Registration Credits

3 for local students
6 for non-local students

Tuition Fee

For local students
Taught subject: HK$3,950 per credit
Practicum: HK$8,400 per credit
Clinical Internship: HK$6,300 per credit

For non-local students
Taught subject: HK$4,780 per credit
Practicum: HK$10,080 per credit
Clinical Internship: HK$7,630 per credit

Programme Leader(s)

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

Remarks
  • This programme is offered within the Postgraduate Scheme in Applied Social Sciences.
  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Interviews with shortlisted candidates and offers to qualified candidates will start from December 2016. Applicants are advised to submit their applications as early as possible.

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 14 credits (6 credits of coursework and 8 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 Certified Counsellor.

 

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

 

Programme graduates (44 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, 1 Integrative Project and 4 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 14 credits (6 in coursework and 8 in clinical training). Upon completion of their study, these students should have taken 6 Required Subjects (including 1 Integrative Project), 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 (6 subjects)

  • ​Evolution in Family Therapy: Structural & Systemic Approaches
  • Postmodern Family Therapy: Feminist, Social Constructionist & Collaborative Practice Approaches
  • Marriage, Separation, Divorced & Reconstituted Families
  • Professional Identity & Ethics
  • Practice Research
  • Integrative Project
     

Elective Subjects (4 subjects)

  • ​Brief Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Intervention
  • Child & Family Psychopathology: Theory, Practice & Research
  • Contemporary Family Issues & Problems in Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Couple Therapy Processes & Techniques
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Family Violence
  • Family Systems & Adolescent Development
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology & Culture: Parenting, Attachment Relationships & Gender Across the Life Cycle
  • Psychopathology: Holistic & Humanistic Orientations
  • Practicum
     

MASW(FCPFT): 44 credits 

Required Subjects (6 subjects)

  • ​Evolution in Family Therapy: Structural & Systemic Approaches
  • Postmodern Family Therapy: Feminist, Social Constructionist & Collaborative Practice Approaches
  • Marriage, Separation, Divorced & Reconstituted Families
  • Professional Identity & Ethics
  • Practice Research
  • Integrative Project
     

Elective Subjects (6 subjects)

  • ​Brief Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Intervention
  • Child & Family Psychopathology: Theory, Practice & Research
  • Contemporary Family Issues & Problems in Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Couple Therapy Processes & Techniques
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Family Violence
  • Family Systems & Adolescent Development
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology & Culture: Parenting, Attachment Relationships & Gender Across the Life Cycle
  • Psychopathology: Holistic & Humanistic Orientations
     

Clinical Training (3 subjects)

  • ​Practicum
  • 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, and 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).

Student Message


The initial attraction of this programme when I was applying to it was that through studying in it I would be able to apply for student and even clinical membership of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. No other universities in Hong Kong offer that opportunity. But looking back after graduation, I studying Family Therapy at PolyU was far more enriching than that. It was life changing. In the movie, Batman Begins, Batman says, “its not who I am underneath ... but what I DO… that defines me.” For me, the “doing” was just the beginning as I discovered, with the participation of the excellent teachers, the fellowship of students and the outstanding library resources of the PolyU, the wonderful world of psychological constructs, social constructionism, practice research, philosophy, epistemology, language games and of course the core family therapy constructions of systemic thinking, human psychosocial development and interpersonal relationships.


Mathew Ho



When I signed up for this programme, I was aiming for a career practising family therapy. The programme turned out to offer way more than I expected. It has not only equipped me with practice skills, but has also facilitated my reflection on knowledge paradigms. The curriculum covers both modern and post-modern approaches, which allows students to explore therapeutic techniques that are more aligned with their own values and personal styles. I have truly enjoyed the intriguing learning experience.


Danise Mok



Studying the MASW (FCPFT) programme was an invaluable and memorable experience. The learning process equipped me with professional knowledge and skills in family practice. More importantly, it facilitated my reflections on my own epistemology and encouraged my contribution to local knowledge. It was significant for my knowledge development as a social worker. In the human service setting, it is not unusual to encounter complicated cases and heavy administrative workloads. The programme provided me with a space to refresh, recover and review. I offer my sincere gratitude to the department and the academic staff for my fruitful learning over the past few years.


Lau Kin Yu



I was working in the business sector before starting this programme two years ago. I have always been passionate about understanding human behaviour and relationship dynamics. In the programme, I have learned different theoretical frameworks of family therapy. In addition, I completed a practicum course in the second year, which helped me to integrate theory and practice. Through meeting different individuals and families and listening to their stories, I have learned that each family is unique and resourceful. The practicum experience helped me to re-think how the family and its larger systems shape one’s worldview and personality. In short, the programme exceeded my expectations because it not only deepened my understanding of different family issues, but also provided me with space for self-reflection and self-growth.


Josephine Yau



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