Professional Certificate in Family Therapy Skills at PCI

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PCI College are offering a 5-day Professional Certificate in Family Therapy Skills online from 18th September 2021.

PCI College, one of Ireland’s leading providers of courses, training and education in the field of counselling and psychotherapy and in related fields such as Supervision, Family Therapy, Addiction and CPD courses.

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The Professional Certificate in Family Therapy Skills will provide an introduction to the underlying theory and principles of family therapy theory and practice. Students will gain an overview and framework of different approaches and models of family psychotherapy. Students will be enabled and empowered to develop family therapy skills and apply these in their client work. These skills will extend to the work with couples and working with relationship dynamics. Family therapy is a creative, innovative and thought provoking model of Psychotherapy which places sound ethics at the heart of the work.


Who is this course for?

This course will appeal to professionals who are interested in family therapy, theory and training. It is suited for professionals who wish to incorporate therapeutic knowledge and interventions into their work within family contexts and with relationship dynamics. This program is designed for practitioners, undergraduates and postgraduate learners who wish to enhance their practice and skills while developing their understanding of family therapy theory, practice and approaches.


What are the benefits of doing this course?

Upon completion of the course, students will gain an awareness and understanding of the key theory and skills from the systemic perspective that can be immediately introduced to your client work. Acquisition of key systemic skills to add to your existing skill set optimising outcomes for clients such as circular questioning, hypothesising, neutrality and Genograms among others. Learners will be enabled and empowered to locate client presentations in a relational context. The professional certificate is an excellent taster course for those who are interested in further postgraduate study in this area.


What will you learn?

You will be introduced to modern and post-modern systemic theory and practice, beginning with a history of family therapy in Ireland and abroad. Students will become familiar with therapeutic tools, such as the genogram, in addition to recent research on concepts such as parental alienation, social constructionism and pathological alliances. You have an opportunity to engage in practices such as circular questioning and through experiential practice apply elements of the narrative approach. There will be a focus on integration of learning, where participants are given the opportunity to outline and describe how they have integrated the learning from the four core workshops and applied it to their practice.




  • Induction
  • History of Family Therapy in Ireland and abroad
  • Integrating Genograms into your clinical work circular causality and circular questioning



  • Family dynamics
  • Parental Alienation triangulation, corrupted and enmeshed boundaries
  • Pathological alliances as well as the impact of parental conflict and divorce on children and young people.


  • Social constructionism and the social graces
  • Neutrality and hypothesising


  • Narrative approaches, theory and practice
  • Reflecting team


  • Integration Day



  • Poster Presentation
  • Reflective statement

Steven Galvin

Online Diploma in Human Resource Management (HRM) at DBS
Hibernia College PME Primary and Post Primary Webinar


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