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Planning Systemic Interventions in Clinical and Non-Clinical Contexts

Code: LPSI318     Acronym: PISCCNC

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Psychology

Instance: 2021/2022 - 2S

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Psychology
Course/CS Responsible: First degree in Psychology

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
PSIC 58 Official Curricular Structure 3 - 3 27 81

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Celia Maria Dias Sales

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 2,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 2 4,00
Celia Maria Dias Sales 4,00

Teaching language



This UC intends to contribute to the training of future psychologists capable of a systemic understanding of the situations with which they work, and with flexibility in adapting their intervention to different contexts, according to the institutional framework of their function.

Learning outcomes and competences

At the end of this UC the student should know how to:

  1. Perform the diagnosis of disturbed systems, in therapeutic (mental health, health care) and non-therapeutic (school, social action) contexts
  2. Conduct sessions of systemic diagnosis, in individual and family formats
  3. Planning flexible, creative systemic interventions adapted to the institutional framework in which the psychologist operates

Working method


Pre-requirements (prior knowledge) and co-requirements (common knowledge)

Not applicable.


General principles of systemic intervention

  1. Diagnosis of disturbed systems: theoretical foundations, techniques and common factors of the systemic approach

  2. Definition of the limits of the intervention: analysis of the referent, analysis of the request, organisational structure and institutional mandate of the psychologist

  3. The psychologist's interrelationship system: Personal life, beliefs and culture

Particularities of systemic intervention in different contexts:

  1. Mental health

  2. Health care

  3. Social work

  4. School context

Mandatory literature

Sales, C.M.D., Ferreira, S., & Matos, P. (2018).; How routine patient-centered monitoring relates to therapeutic gains in family therapy: A single-case study. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/jmft.12359
Sales, C.M.D. (2009).; Segurança e violência escolar: Uma visão Sistémica. Interacções, 5(13), 20-34. (nonio.eses.pt/interaccoes/)
Sales, C.M.D., & Pina Prata, F. X. (2011).; Being a systemic therapist in the family and in the organization. Human Systems, 22(3), 718-731.
Sales, C. M. D. (2011).; Para o Futuro da Terapia Familiar e Comunitária em Moçambique. Psique, 7, 167-176.
European Network for the Prevention of Juvenil Violence (Eds.) (2003).; Relationships in the classroom: Systemic narratives. ENPJV Edition.

Teaching methods and learning activities

The UC combines participated theoretical classes with skills training classes covering:

  1. practical training in the conduction of systemic diagnosis sessions, through the simulation of interviews with individuals and families
  2. analysis of practical cases in different contexts
  3. psychologist's personal development exercises


Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

designation Weight (%)
Participação presencial 25,00
Trabalho escrito 75,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

designation Time (hours)
Frequência das aulas 30,00
Estudo autónomo 30,00
Trabalho escrito 21,00
Total: 81,00

Eligibility for exams

Presence in all classes is required. Classification in all evaluation components should be equal or higher than 10 values (0-20 scale).

Calculation formula of final grade

Distributed evaluation without final examination. The final classification results from the weighting of two evaluation components: class participation (25%) and written work (75%).
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