Master's Degree in Systemic Family Therapy

Submission of applications
May 3 to September 30, 2016.

Duration: One year.
Full-time study.

Study in Universidad Pontificia Comillas, 3-5

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Credits 60 ECTS
Places available 30, Spanish

As a result of the regulation of the General Health Psychologist profession (Seventh additional provision of the General Law of Public Health October, 2011 on the regulation of psychology in the health sector), students who wish to practice psychology in a medical or clinical setting must complete the professional training Master's Degree (MPGS) or specialize with the Psychologist Specialist Degree in Clinical Psychology (PIR). Both options offer a complete and extensive training in general issues of the clinical and medical psychologist profession, but many students also want a more specific and deep preparation in therapeutic intervention with children, adolescents, couples and families.

Systemic intervention recognizes the human being as part of constantly evolving system of relations and interactions. To be able to make interventions for children or adults with emotional, psychological, behavioral, adaptation or relationship problems, it is essential to have a broad outlook, which takes into account the mutual influence between the individual and the different systems that they form part of or that are that are the problem. These may be the current partner or family, the family of origin and extended family, the educational or working environment, health or social services context, etc.

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Who is it intended for?

This program is aimed at psychologists working towards the Official Master's Degree in General Health Psychology, as well as other psychologists or doctors who wish to obtain a specialization in systemic interventions in their respective fields, those interested in understanding relational problems affecting individuals, couples and families in a social context.

Attendance mode

The completion of the entire program is a full-time commitment for which the attendance of classes and internships is combined with the student's individual work based on the professor's guidance.

Admission process and requirements

Students must be holders of a Degree in Psychology or Medicine (which must have included at least 90 credits of medical content) as well as having a good record.

Following the submission of the application form along with the required documentation, the candidate will be invited to a personal interview in which the suitability of their profile will be assessed with respect to the requirements for successfully completing the Master's program.

Application period

From May 3 to September 30, 2016.

The admission process will close once the places are filled

Information on documentation to be submitted


The price of the Master's course is €7,480

Course fees: €1,975 and 10 installments of €550.50 each.

10% discount for Comillas Pontifical University Alumni


One academic year: January to December 2017


60 ECTS (200 hours of internship).


Face-to-face classes:

Classes will be taught on two afternoons per week.

Internships will take place in the morning and/or afternoon.

Classes begin:

Face-to-face classes begin in January 2017.


Classes are taught:

At the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (Cantoblanco)

In the Psychosocial Intervention Unit (UNINPSI)
C/ Mateo Inurria, 37
Subway: Duque de Pastrana (L-9)
Buses: Líneas 70, 107, 129, 174

No. Of places available

Maximum of 30 places available.

Information point:

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
c/ Universidad Comillas, 3
28049 Madrid
Tel.: +34917343950 (ext. 2579)

Teaching methods

Training activities will include: expository lessons; classroom group work; case studies; simulations and role playing; video viewing and analysis; reading and critical review of scientific literature; individual practical or theoretical work; theoretical or practical group work; tutoring sessions; literature search and review; participation in assessment programs and individual or group intervention; work on specific issues related to cases in which there have been interventions; personal study and work; monitoring of performance with patients; design and carrying out of theoretical and empirical research; psychological report writing; planning and reviewing individual intervention programs in groups or communities.


The assessment systems used include: attendance and participation in class; assessment of classroom training activities; critical analysis of readings; oral case presentations; presentations of theoretical or practical work; examinations; theoretical and practical work on specific course themes; evaluation of readings; evaluation of assessment and intervention skills; psychological report writing and presentation and discussion of clinical cases.


  1. Knowledge and understanding of metal health problems from a humanistic perspective.
  2. Operating at all times within the framework of professional ethics.
  3. Knowledge of a therapy model and the ability to understand and employ the model in practice in all its dimensions and its requirements.
  4. Ability to work with the emotional content of sessions
  5. Ability to initiate, maintain and develop therapeutic relationships:
    • Know how to explain the internal logic of humanistic therapeutic approaches.
    • Work with the client to establish a therapeutic objective.
    • Feel and communicate empathy and acceptance to clients.
    • Maintain the authenticity of the therapeutic relationship.
  6. Ability to work with emotions and their meaning:
    • Help clients to access and express emotions.
    • Help clients to articulate their emotions and think about and understand the meaning of them.
  7. Ability to balance therapeutic tasks.
  8. Intervene from a perspective based on the complexity of the human being.





Intervention for sexual and relationship problems


Family life cycle and transitions


Culture, gender and family


Brief systematic intervention


Contexts of intervention


Constructivist, narrative and next generation psychotherapies








Psychopathology and family


Family of origin and personal work of the therapist


Specific areas of intervention in couples therapy


Individual systemic therapy


Interviewing skills and therapeutic alliance


Ethical issues in family intervention


Evidence-based systemic therapy


Intervention with families at social risk


Legal basis for family intervention




Objective: to give students the knowledge to be able to intervene in family problems.

Activities will consist of the planning and analysis of individual and family therapy sessions from the systemic perspective, including the observation and participation as a therapist in them, under the direct or indirect supervision of a family therapist.



Doctor of Psychology specializing in the study and treatment of family relationships, and community intervention. He has worked as a psychotherapist with FACOMA (Alcoholics Federation of the Region of Madrid) for 15 years and has conducted several research collaborations with Proyecto Hombre Madrid He has worked as a family and couple psychotherapist in the Psychosocial Intervention Unit since 2004.

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