MA in Understanding Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse

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Examine the impact of being abusive or being abused. You will look at theoretical perspectives considering abusiveness and its impact in different international, cultural and social contexts. This MA in Understanding Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse is unique and represents the first psychologically informed programme of its kind. It is particularly suitable for people wanting to increase their grasp of the interplay between mental distress, domestic violence and sexual abuse. The programme will offer a blended learning approach with a mixture of online and face to face contact. The online components will be largely focused on the acquisition of theoretical knowledge through computer-mediated activities via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The classroom-based content of the programme will have an emphasis on experiential and reflective learning which will help you understand the process of identifying, assessing and managing both perpetrators and victims. This aspect of the programme will be delivered in blocks (including some Saturdays) to make the study more accessible to working adults. Individual modules on the programme are likely to be valued as part of a continuing professional development plan for psychological therapists and other workers in the field... You may take individual modules separately or exit with a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma.




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You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in a relevant/related subject. You must also be able to demonstrate significant experience in either health and social care, psychological therapies, or experience from the third sector in a specialist abuse service.

You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.
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What you'll study Your learning will be underpinned by a unique synthesising of psychodynamic, systemic, cognitive behavioural and social theories to examine the impact of being abusive or of being abused. The programme focuses on looking at practice and research from these theoretical perspectives and will consider abusiveness and its impact in different cultural and social contexts from childhood to older age. The learning will be provided by a cross-disciplinary team that covers approaches from the social work, community and youth work, cross-sectoral arts, and therapeutic approaches including art and dance psychotherapy, psychodynamic, counselling and cognitive behavioural approaches. Students are required to take 180 credits at Masters level. The programme can be taken over one year (full-time) or two years (part-time). Modules Students will undertake the following core modules: Theories, Research and Policy - Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse (30 credits). Research Methods (15 credits). Group Work: Power, Identity and Conflict (30 credits). Students will then take three of the following optional modules: Working with Children in the Context of Domestic Violence (15 credits). Working with Adults in the Context of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse (15 credits). Adolescents as Victims and Perpetrators (15 credits). The Impact of Trauma - Distress, Resilience and Post-traumatic Growth (15 credits). Students will also complete a dissertation (60 credits) Assessment Assessment is through a combination of extended essays, journals, reports, assignment and dissertation. Download the programme specification for the 2018-19 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office. Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

MA in Understanding Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse

Price on request