1.5 years (Full-time)
3 years (Part-time)
3 years (Part-time) with summer terms (43 credits)
* For application for Clinical Membership of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).
3 for local students
6 for non-local students
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
Dr So Wa Ngai
PhD, MS MFT, BA Psy, AAMFT Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor
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.
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.
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).
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)
Elective Subjects (5 subjects, 15 credits)
MASW(FCPFT): 43 credits
Required Subjects (5 subjects, 15 credits)
Elective Subjects (6 subjects, 18 credits)
Clinical Training (3 subjects, 9 credits)
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.
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.
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.
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