CPD Certificate in Family Dynamics (Level 8 Module)

Grow your knowledge, skills and competencies in Family Dynamics

  • Award: Certificate of Attendance and Participation. CPD: 23 hours

  • Cost: €650.00. Deposit of €195 required to secure place

  • Duration: 14 classes (1.5 hours each)

  • Dates: Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday option available

  • This course is now finished. Please refer to our wide range of current CPD courses

Programme Content

This module aims to explore clinical considerations for integrating systemic work into the therapeutic space. The module will focus specifically on enabling trainees to review, extend, transfer and adapt skills, strategies and concepts applied in one-to-one counselling in order to facilitate learners’ understanding of providing therapy within systemic contexts.

This module is experiential in nature and includes the following:

  • The influence of the following: family belief system; family rules; family roles; communication patterns;
  • Understanding the genogram and its application to clinical work;
  • Interventions such as sculpting, circular questions, narrative approaches and use of timelines;
  • Systemic assessment, use of assessment tools (i.e. SDQ) and utilisation of multiple perspectives (i.e. child, parent, partner, sibling etc.).
  • Taking a full family history and contracting with more than one person;
  • Theoretical considerations;
  • Creative and experiential approaches to systemic work (i.e. art, visualization etc.); and
  • Conducting a case study.

Written Assignment:

Learners are required to prepare a 2,500-word case study assignment demonstrating use of a systemic intervention in clinical work. The case study will commence with a brief literature derived evaluation of the efficacy of systemic approaches. Following this, the learner will present how they have applied this to their work.  A full genogram will be provided, and the learner will critically reflect on its application from a clinical perspective. Learners will utilise a systemic intervention and evaluate its outcome. The assignment will also critique and reflect upon the influence of the family life cycle, in particular, the impact of transitions, traumas and crises and the challenges they raise for the therapist.


Tuesday Option Wednesday Option Saturday Option
Double Class Double Class Single Class
26 March 2019 30 January 2019 02 February 2019
02 April 2019 06 February 2019 09 February 2019
09 April 2019 13 February 2019 16 February 2019
23 April 2019 27 February 2019 02 March 2019
30 April 2019 06 March 2019 09 March 2019
07 May 2019 13 March 2019 16 March 2019
14 May 2019 20 March 2019 23 March 2019
30 March 2019
06 April 2019
13 April 2019
27 April 2019
04 May 2019
11 May 2019
18 May 2019


  • Tuesday Option: Double Class: 9.30–11.00am and 11.20am – 1pm
  • Wednesday Option: Double Class: 9.30–11.00am and 11.20am – 1pm
  • Saturday Option: Single Class: 2pm – 3:20pm

Suitable For

This course is suitable for counsellors and psychotherapists who wish to further their knowledge, skills and competencies in Family Dynamics. The module serves as a theoretical underpinning to family therapy.

Entry Requirements

A Level 7 Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy (or equivalent) is required to apply for this CPD certificate.


Certificate of Attendance and Participation – 23 CPD Hours.
Includes a transcript confirming 05 ECTS Credits at Level 8, which may (*see note below) be applied to our BA (Hons) Degree at a later stage.

  • *Note: Only those with a previous Level 7 Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy (or equivalent) can apply these ECTS credits to our BA (Hons) Degree.


IICP College, Killinarden Enterprise Park, Tallaght, Dublin 24.


€650.00 (Deposit of €195 required to secure place on course.)

This course is now finished. Please refer to our wide range of current CPD courses