Message from the Programme Director
The rapid social changes in Hong Kong undermine traditional family functions and structures. The increasing incidence of extra-marital affairs, 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 for 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 this 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 specialised 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.
Upon completion of the Programme, students are expected to demonstrate a thorough understanding of:
1) The theoretical foundations and conceptual frameworks of family counselling and family education;
2) Professional skills used in analysing human behaviour and family systems, conducting family groups 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 to address critical family issues and applying theories to 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:
Family in Changing Society
Theories and Practice of Family Counselling
Theories and Practice of Family Education
Mental Health and Mental Disorders
Groupwork Practice with Families
Family Counselling/Family Education Project
Social Theories, Social Welfare and Social Work
Social Policy Research II
Seminar on Selected Topics: Special Topics (II) Advanced Approaches to Marriage and Family Therapy
Seminar on Selected Topics: Special Topics (II) Narrative Family Practice
Seminar on Selected Topics: Structural Family Therapy
Seminar on Selected Topics: Marital Therapy
Seminar on Selected Topics: Special Topics (III) Child Welfare and Social Work
* Students are required to take two elective courses.
* Not all elective courses will necessarily be offered in a given year. Elective courses will be offered in accordance with resources available. Only those courses that meet the minimum enrolment quota will be offered.
The following scholarships are available to students of the MAFCFE Programme:
1) Admission Scholarship: Master of Arts in Family Counselling and Family Education Scholarship
2) Distinguished Academic Scholarship for Master of Arts in Family Counselling and Family Education Students
3) Conference Presentation Award for Master of Arts in Family Counselling and Family Education Final Year Students
4) Scholarship for School Teachers (Pursuit of Master's Degree Programmes) organized by the Education Bureau
A Group Photo of Graduates of MAFCFE Programme
Continuing Education Fund (CEF) - for students admitted in 2020-21 and thereafter
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund. This course is recognized under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 6).
CEF course no : 44M122821
CEF course title : Master of Arts in Family Counselling and Family Education
For details of eligibility and reimbursement procedures of CEF, please visit here.