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Systemic and Family Intervention

Code 11778
Year 1
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 5
Workload T(30H)/TP(30H)
Scientific area Psychology
Entry requirements -
Learning outcomes This course aims to develop knowledge on models and systemic/family intervention strategies, providing a broad overview about different types of intervention in this area. At the end, students should be able to:
- understand the theoretical assumptions and concepts underlying systemic and family intervention;
- know different types of systemic intervention;
- apply systemic thinking and principles to different problems, especially in working with families;
- apply techniques underlying different models of systemic / family intervention;
- reflect upon ethical responsibilities in systemic intervention;
- analyse scientific information.
Syllabus 1. Systemic paradigm: theoretical and fundamental concepts
(Theoretical bases of the Systemic Model, Family life Cycle, From systemic thinking to intervention, Psychopathology from a systemic perspective
2. Models and methods of systemic intervention.
(Professional and ethical questions; Types and modalities; Working with individuals; Family Therapy, Intervention with Couples, others)
3. Techniques and strategies in systemic and family intervention.

Main Bibliography - Bray, J. & Stanton, M. (2012). The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Family Psychology. Singapore: Blackwell Publishing.
- Carr, A. (2001). Family therapy: Concepts, process and practice. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
- Goldenberg, H. & Goldenberg, I. (2013). Family therapy: An overview (8th Edition). Belmont: Brooks Cole.
- Kaslow, F.W. (2002). Comprehensive handbook of psychotherapy (Vol. 3). New York: John Wiley & Sons.
- Relvas, A.P. (2003). Por detrás do espelho: Da teoria à terapia com a família. Coimbra: Quarteto.
- Smith-Acuña, S. (2011). Systems theory in action: Application to individual, couple and family therapy. New Jersey & Sons.

Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Teaching methodologies: Theoretical and theoretical-practical classes, with exposition of concepts and/or individual and group critical analysis of articles / scientific texts and of practical cases; training of intervention techniques through role-play and classroom simulation. Assessment strategies: Knowledge assessment tests, activities carried out in contact sessions and / or group work

Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-06-17

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