家庭輔導及家庭教育文學碩士課程

 

 

 (Part-time)

 

Last update: 9 October 2014

 

 

 

 

Message from Programme Director

 

The pursuit of the postgraduate study is an effective means for helping professionals to advance and enrich their professional knowledge and competence. Our Department has offered the Master of Arts in Family Counselling and Family Education (MAFCFE) Programme (Part-time) since 2002 receiving enthusiastic feedback from students and favourable feedback from external examiners.
 
This programme has the following characteristics. First, the students come from different helping professions, namely social workers, guidance teachers, student counsellors, pastors, nurses, speech therapists and occupational therapists. The multidisciplinary mix of the students provides an excellent learning opportunity for them to widen their academic and professional scope. Second, this programme emphasizes on helping students to integrate theoretical concepts with practice; the first year curriculum  focuses on the acquisition of foundation theories and knowledge related to family education and family counselling and the second year curriculum focuses on the applications of the acquired knowledge for different clienteles (e.g. families with adolescents at risk, families suffering from mental disorders) in different social service settings (e.g. school, family services, hospitals and residential service ). Third, this programme is taught by a group of high caliber teaching staff with different expertise on family education and family counselling. Dedicated and conscientious, the faculty members utilize different teaching methods ,including lectures, experiential learning, small group discussions, live demonstrations, clinical observations, simulated role-plays and presentations to facilitate students’ learning. 
 
Aside from high quality teaching staff, this programme is backed up by the Clinical Social Work Practice and Research Cluster, the Social Welfare Practice and Research Centre, and Family and Group Practice Research Centre of the Department as well as the Shen Guang Family Practice Centre (
深港家庭治療中心); the latter is jointly set up by our Department’s faculty members and the Department of Clinical Psychology, Nanshan Hospital, Shenzhen since July 2003. There are five practice research programmes under the Clinical Cluster: (a) family treatment for the Shenzhen patients suffering from eating disorders; (b) multiple-family group; (c) systemic intervention for school non-attendance problem; (d) clinical research for the pathological gamblers; and (e) transformation based family education using experiential learning and mindfulness practice. Students can participate in live demonstrations, conduct clinical observations, and understand principles pertinent to the success of multidisciplinary collaboration and co-operation.

 

Prof. Leung Yuk Ki, Timothy

Programme Director

Master of Arts in Family Counselling and Family Education

 

 

Introduction

 

The rapid social changes in Hong Kong undermine traditional family functions and structures. The increasing incidences of extra-marital affair, single parenthood, cohabitation and family relationship problems as well as the complexity of family issues such as sexual assault, child abuse and suicide among family members all indicate the vulnerability of Hong Kong families. As a result, there is a rising need in family related services and an increasing demand for social workers and human service practitioners to acquire more advanced and practical skills in family counselling and family education in order to help families cope with different crises effectively.

 

In view of the situation, the Department offers a part-time 2-year Master of Arts in Family Counselling and Family Education (MAFCFE) Programme. The programme aims to help students acquire specialized training in family counselling and family education. It enables students to advance their professional competence and skills in relation to family practice and parental education.

 


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the programme, students are expected to demonstrate a thorough understanding of:

1) Theoretical foundations and conceptual frameworks in family counselling and family education;

2) Professional skills in analyzing human behaviours and family systems, conducting family group and family education, handling programme evaluation, and developing their own personal style of helping in family counselling and family education; and

3) Using scientific research methods in addressing critical family issues and application of theories in practice.

 

 

Programme of Study

 

Study mode available

Part-time: 2 years

 

The programme consists of 9 courses (7 required courses and 2 elective courses) to be completed in two academic years of study beginning in September. The courses are usually taught in the evenings. The courses offered are as follows:

Units

SOWK5011

Family in Changing Society

3

SOWK5014

Theories and Practice of Family Counselling

3

SOWK5015

Theories and Practice of Family Education

3

SOWK5630

Mental Health and Mental Disorders

3

SOWK5810

Programme Evaluation

3

SOWK6011

Groupwork Practice with Families

3

SOWK6013

Family Counselling/Family Education Project

3

 

Elective Courses*

Units

SOWK5013

Community-based Family Service and Practice

3

SOWK6012

Seminar on Family Counselling and Parent Education for Special Clientele

3

SOWK6030

Theory and Practice on Working with Emotions in Social Work Practice

3

SOWK6031

Clinical Supervision

3

SOWK6062

Seminar on Selected Topics: Special Topics (I)

3

SOWK6210

Seminar on Selected Topics: Special Topics (II)

3

SOWK6211

Seminar on Selected Topics: Structural Family Therapy

3

SOWK6215

Seminar on Selected Topics: Marital Therapy

3

SOWK6904

Cognitive-behavioural Intervention

3
SOWK6905

Solution-focused Approach

3
SOWK6924# Use of Arts, Dance and Experiential Learning in Social Work Practice 3
SOWK6925# Family-centered Social Work Practice 3
SOWK6935# Clinical Social Work Practice in Mental Health 3

SOWK7021

Qualitative Social Work Research

3

 

*Students are required to take two of these elective courses which are offered in accordance with resources available. 

 

# A fixed number of quota is set.

 

 

Download programme outline (2014 intake)

 

Download programme outline (2013 intake)

 

 

Scholarships

 

MAFCFE students may apply for the following scholarships:

 

1) Master of Arts in Family Counselling and Family Education Scholarship

 

   This Scholarship is open for competition during the admission period. The maximum amount of each award and application details will be announced.

 


 

2) Distinguished Academic Scholarship for Master of Arts in Family Counselling and  Family Education Students. 

 

 

 

Admission (2015-16 Intake)

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