Master of Arts in Social Work (Family-centred Practice and Family Therapy)
54047-FTF(Full-time) / FTP(Part-time)
Mode of Study
Dr So Wa NGAI
NORMAL DURATION & CREDITS REQUIRED FOR AWARD:
Normal Duration (Part-time): 3 years or 6 semesters
Credits Required for Award: 30
Normal Duration (Part-time): 1.5 years or 3 semesters
Credits Required for Award: 21
PROGRAMME REQUIREMENT DOCUMENT
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE SPECIALISM
The emphasis of this Specialism is on ‘scholarship in practice’ in teaching and learning, and on the development of reflective and competent practitioners working with individuals, couples and families.
The programme for this Specialism aims to develop reflective and competent practitioners who possess the following abilities:
- Contextual reflection:
the ability to recognize the unique features in the social, cultural, and political contexts of human service practice working with individuals, couples and families, and to reflect on the implications that these contexts have both in theory and practice;
- Relating theory to practice:
the ability to go beyond ‘espoused theories’ and systematically test, reflect and develop them into personalized ‘theories-in-use’ in a specific practice domain;
- Recognizing the complexity and inter-connectedness of problems and issues:
the ability to relate one’s specialism to the context of professional practice and to the Hong Kong community as a whole, and to appreciate the ethical and value considerations underlying their practice when working with individuals, couples and families; and
- Evolving personalized styles and framework of practice:
the ability to continually reflect on one’s professional self and to transform practice theories into new ideas and methods which are congruent with one’s personal style of practice and with the evolving practice context.
- A Bachelor’s degree in social work, social sciences, or nursing (with psychiatric nursing experience).
- Relevant work experience is desirable.
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 after completing the 30-credit MA award and take an additional 13 credits (3 credits of coursework and 10 credits in clinical training). Upon completion of the 43-credit study, these students should have taken 5 Required Subjects, 6 Elective Subjects and 4 Clinical Training Subjects. 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 of the AAMFT by browsing the Association’s website.
The details of the Programme can be DOWNLOADED here.
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 (30 credits) 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).
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 experiences 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.
APPLICATION PERIOD AND SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION
Prospective applicants can obtain the application material and submit online applications via Study@PolyU during the Application Period.
http://www.polyu.edu.hk/study > Taught Postgraduate > Select a Programme
Submit an Application
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