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 2021 Entry
Programme code: 54047

Duration & Credit Requirement

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 (43 credits)

Credits Required for Graduation

30/43*

* 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$5,050 per credit;
Practicum : HK$10,750 per credit A; Practicum B: HK$10,750 per credit;
Clinical Internship: HK$8,050 per credit

For non-local students
Taught subject: HK$6,200 per credit;
Practicum A: HK$12,850 per credit; Practicum B: HK$12,850 per credit;
Clinical Internship: HK$9,750 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.
  • This programme adopts multi-method approaches in teaching and learning such as online, classroom, skill laboratory, or blended learning.
  • ​Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Shortlisted candidates may be invited to attend an interview. Qualified candidates will be notified of their results via the eAdmission. Once all vacancies are filled, the remaining qualified applicants will be put on a waiting list. Early applications are strongly encouraged. 

Aims & Characteristics

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

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 (43 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

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 Relationships
  • Practicum A (2 credits)
  • Practicum B (3 credits)

 

MASW(FCPFT): 43 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 Relationships

 

Clinical Training (3 subjects, 9 credits)

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

 

Programme structure and content are subject to continuous review and change.

 

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

Entrance Requirements

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

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

Enquiries

For enquiries about this programme, please contact:
Ms Lilian Leung (tel: (852) 2766 5716 or email: sspg@polyu.edu.hk).

Student Message

Student Message


I highly recommend the Master of Arts in Social Work, Family-centered Practice and Family Therapy (MASW-FCPFT) programme to those who seek to improve their intra- and interpersonal relationships, or to increase their proficiency in their current professional roles. 

 

The thoughtful design of this programme has well-balanced components of both theory and practice.  Supported by a resourceful teaching and learning community, students are intensively and diversely trained by renowned professionals in the field in order to meet the demands of professional competence on today’s practitioners.  The one-year supervised practicum was a practice ground where knowledge and theory were integrated and applied to tackle the complex problems arising from real-life situations.  

 

In addition, studying in this programme has enabled me to embark on the journey of self-growth as I became more aware of the perplexing features of family dynamics and its perpetual impact on each member within the family.   My relationships with myself and my family members have significantly improved resulting from being more compassionate towards my parents while mindfully learning to be a loving parent to my children. This wonderful three-year training was a complete make-over for me, saturated by cherished memories and with overflowing gratitude from my heart.


Chan Yim Lai Helen



Studying in MASW- FCPFT was an interesting and rewarding experience. Due to the variety of elective classes, it was always fun for me to decide before the start of each semester. All subject teachers are skilled and experienced in the profession. Many real-life examples, up-to-date local practice and role play case studies were given to enhance student engagement during the lectures.  Classmates are from different professions and backgrounds, and it was a valuable experience to study alongside them.

 

The major gain for me in doing this programme was self-reflection. By understanding family dynamics from different approaches, it provided a chance for me to reflect on myself and my limitations, and to re-organise my mind before helping others. After completing the programme, not only had I acquired new skills in family therapy, but I had also learnt more about myself.


Chung Yee Lok



Studying in the Master of Arts in Social Work, Family-centered Practice and Family Therapy (MASW-FCPFT) programme has led to intensive self-reflection and was a life-changing experience for me. The programme, composed of various therapeutic approaches, offered plenty of opportunities for professional development and personal growth. Through the reflections of how I have been interacting with my family-of-origin and my family of procreation, it uncovered many blind spots in my personal life, and it has also opened up new ways of perceiving, positioning and relating. This self-awakening and self-healing process is very crucial in being an effective counsellor. I have become more positive, more emotionally stable, and less judgmental. By connecting and building relationships with professors and fellow students, I have a new-found passion for this profession. In short, I am very thankful to have studied this enriching and fulfilling programme.


Lo Man Shan Iren



I decided to start my journey of studying this programme because I was impressed by the importance of the three pillars of casework collaboration (therapist’s knowledge, skills and self) in the information seminar. 

 

Retrospectively, the 3-year study had been rewarding and the destination was far beyond what I had expected. For knowledge, I was informed by a wide range of marriage and family therapy approaches. Additional study on neurobiology, psychopathology, ethics and research enabled me to understand family systems and human development comprehensively. For skills, a variety of case natures were encountered in the practicum. I acquired the strategies of building rapport, gathering useful information, conceptualising cases and shifting family patterns. For myself, through class activities and a specially designed “Care and Growth Group” I was made aware of how my family-of-origin influenced my personality and counselling style. Overall, the structured programme allowed me to build stronger connections with service users and increased my confidence in being a change agent. 

 

Another unique feature of this programme is that it paves the way for becoming professional members in the American Association Marriage and Family Therapy, the Hong Kong Marriage and Family Therapy Association and the Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association, the only programme in Hong Kong that enables all of these designations. I was also fortunate to meet a group of companions in this ongoing professional development journey, and anyone who joins will do so as well. 


Tsang Wai Lun Will



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