Certificate in Family Dynamics (Level 8 Module) 2018-04-21T10:55:14+00:00

IICP Certificate in Family Dynamics (Level 8 Module)

Gain 23 CPD hours while also completing 5 ECTS credits at Level 8

Programme Content

The purpose of this module to facilitate learners in expanding into work with more complex clinical presentation and unfamiliar clients. In particular, 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 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 on family systems and issues: family belief system; family rules; family roles; communication patterns;
  • Understanding the genogram and its systemic application to family and individual work;
  • Systemic interventions such as sculpting, circular questions, narrative approaches and use of timelines;
  • Systemic assessment 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, with a specific focus on narrative therapy in family systems;
  • Systemic approaches to conflict resolution;
  • ‘Outsider Witness’ practice;
  • Working with more than one person in a session;
  • Use of assessment tools such as Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire;
  • Conducting a case study; and
  • Creative and experiential approaches to systemic work (art, visualisation etc.).

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 Saturday Option
30 January 2018 03 February 2018
06 February 2018 10 February 2018
20 February 2018 24 February 2018
27 February 2018 03 March 2018
06 March 2018 10 March 2018
13 March 2018 24 March 2018
20 March 2018 07 April 2018
10 April 2018 14 April 2018
17 April 2018 21 April 2018
24 April 2018 28 April 2018
01 May 2018 05 May 2018
08 May 2018 12 May 2018
15 May 2018 19 May 2018
22 May 2018 26 May 2018


  • Tuesday Option: 11:20am-1:00pm
  • Saturday Option: 2:00pm-3:30pm

Suitable For

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


On successful completion of the course participants will receive an IICP Certificate in Family Dynamics and Clinical Applications. As this module is part of our BA (Hons) Degree, learners who successfully complete the course are also awarded a Transcript of Results confirming that 5 ECTS credits have been completed at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications.


IICP Education and Training, Killinarden Enterprise Park, Killinarden, Dublin 24.



  • Deposit of €195 required to secure place on course.

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