Professional Certificate in Family Therapy


Facilitated by: Doctor Fergus Heffernan

PHD Psychology, MSc Counselling Psychology and Family Therapies.


This is a 6 day programme commencing Saturday 16th  of March.




 Sat 16th March from 10am – 6pm

Sat 23rd  March from 10am – 6pm

Sat 06th April from 10am – 6pm

Sat 20th  April from 10am – 6pm

Sat 27th  April from 10am - 6pm

Sat 25th  May from 10am – 6pm


Ballykisteen Hotel and Golf Resort, Tipperary Town.


Certificate in Family Therapy awarded by The Centre for Social and Emotional Intelligence.

This programme carries 42 CPD Hours. Attendance on all days is required to receive Certification.


€495.00 payable of registration.

Places limited to 25 participants.

Contact Liz on 062 33509 or email info@csei.iefor a registration form.

This had proven to be a very popular programme in the past, therefore early booking is advisable.

Programme Outline:



1. Individual and Family Life Cycles

(a) What is a Family?

(b) Individual and Family Development.

(c) Unifying Individual and Family Life Cycles.

(d) Implications of Life Cycles for Family Therapy


2. Healthy and Dysfunctional Characteristics in Families

(a) Qualities of Healthy Families

(b) Family Life Stressors

(c) Family Structure and Functionality

(d) Coping Strategies of Families

(e) Implications of Health when working with Families


3. Rationale and History of Family Therapy

(a) The Rationale for Family Therapy

(b) The Family as a System

(c) Systemic Versus Individual Therapeutic Approaches

(d) Reasons for Working with Families

(e) Family Therapy through the Decades


4. The Process of Family Therapy

(a) Common problems of Beginning Family Therapists

(b) Appropriate Process

(c) Pre- Session Planning and Tasks

(d) Initial Session(s)

(e) The Middle Phase of Treatment

(f) Termination


5. Psychoanalytic and Bowen Family Therapies

(a) Common Characteristics of Psychoanalytic and Bowen Theories

(b) Psychoanalytic Family Therapy

(c) Bowen Family Therapy


6. Experiential Family Therapy

(a) Major Theorists: Virginia Satir, Carl Whitaker

(b) Premises of the Theory

(c) Treatment Techniques

(d) Role of the Therapist

(e) Process and Outcome


7. Structural Family Therapy

(a) Major Theorist : Salvador Minuchin

(b) Premises of the Theory

(c) Treatment Techniques

(d) Role of the Therapist

(e) Process and Outcome


8. Strategic and Systemic Family Therapies

(a) Major Strategic Family Theorists

(b) Premises of Strategic Family Therapies

(c) Systemic (Milan) Family Therapy

(d) Premises of Systemic (Milan) Family Theory

(e) Process and Outcome


9. Solution-Focused and Narrative Family Therapies

(a) Solution-Focused Family Therapy

(b) Major Theorists

(c) Premises of Solution-Focused Family Therapy

(d) Narrative Family Therapy

(e) Major Theorists

(f) Premises of Narrative Family Therapy

(g) Process and Outcome


10. Working with Single-Parent Families

(a) Types of Single-Parent Families

(b) Dynamics Underlying the Formation of Single-Parent Families

(c) Effects of Divorce and Death on Children

(d) Strengths and Limitations of Single-Parent Families

(e) Approaches for Treating Single-Parent Families

(f) Role of the Family Therapist


11. Working with Re-Married Families

(a) Forming Remarried Families

(b) Making Healthy Adjustments in Remarried Families

(c) Dynamics Associated with Remarried Families

(d) Issues within Remarried Families

(e) Working with Remarried Families


12. Working with Culturally Diverse Families

(a) What is a Culture

(b) Dynamics Affecting Culturally Diverse Families

(c) Working with Culturally Diverse Families

(d) Characteristics of Culturally Diverse Families

(e) Approaches to Working with Culturally Diverse Families

(f) Role of the Therapist


13. Assessment in Family Therapy

(a) The Importance of Assessing Families

(b) Dimensions of Assessing Families

(c) Methods used in Assessing Families

(d) Family Therapy Scales


14. Current Trends in Family Therapy

(a) Predictions about Family Therapy

(b) New Family Therapy Approaches

(c) Dealing with Different Types of Families