2023-2024 / PSYC5925-1

Methods of systemic action, Part 2 [D]


15h Th, 15h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in psychology (120 ECTS)4 crédits 


Maria Elena Brianda, Thérèse Scali


Thérèse Scali

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The objectives of the "Systemic Action Methods - Part 2" course are to put into practice the concepts, models and systemic intervention tools taught in the Systemic Action Methods Part 1 course (PSYC5924). The course will focus on the concrete application of the main basic concepts of clinical interview, relational diagnosis, redefinition and methods of action according to a systemic approach.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of the course, students will be able to conduct a systemic counselling with individuals, couples and families. They will be able to analyze their intervention methods, and critically assess whether their practical choices are in line with clinical usefulness.

They will demonstrate an exemplary professional posture, and will master the concepts of systemic clinical intervention.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Knowledge of the theoretical foundations of systemic psychology is fundamental to attend the course and fully benefit from it.

It is also mandatory to have taken the Systemic Action Methods course Part 1 (PSYC5924).

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The objective is to practice the elements covered during the course Partim 1, and to practice couples and families counselling.

Depending on the number of students registered, the course will be divided into several modules.

First, we will follow family therapy step by step. The students will propose a role play in groups and will have to embody the therapist as well as the patient. Then, in a large group and under the supervision of teachers, we will analyze in depth the content of the sequence/session in order to identify systemic hypotheses. 

The various intervention methods used will be analyzed and theoretical-experiential reflections will be made.

Students will then be asked to reflect on the clinical practices that will be presented to them.



Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Face-to-face, with active participation in the course (role playing).

Recommended or required readings

Required reading : Napier, A., & Whitaker, C. (2006). Le creuset familial. Robert Laffont.

The full bibliography will be provided to students at the start of the course.


Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam AND oral exam

Additional information:

More details on the exam (written OR oral) will be announced during the first weeks of the course (as they depend on the class size).

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course




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