- The Masters in Family, Social and Community-based Intervention & Mediation responds to the need to provide an interdisciplinary space within academia for training future professionals on how to promote sustainable human development in family, social and community environments using a range of mediation and intervention strategies. This training is also required by public and private institutions; they must provide an adequate response to the changes that families are undergoing in modern society, understand what these are, recognise the appearance of new family structures, address the need to create a work-life balance, be more sensitive when facing situations involving offences and vulnerable minors, gender-based violence, or identifying the support needed by immigrant families, amongst other issues. Furthermore, these professionals must respond to the crises being experienced in many contemporary societies, which manifest themselves in many forms. Many people find themselves seriously affected by the breakdown of social ties and the social fabric, or by a loss of social support when facing life’s ups and downs, or loneliness, in addition to other social imbalances. Their quality of life and general well-being are fragile, and changes - in particular those deriving from the process of globalisation, consumer culture, and current urbal models – only serve to increase their vulnerability. In turn, this leads to a number of risks emerging that have not yet been evaluated sufficiently, but that considered to be on the rise. Therefore it is essential that social ties and networks be restored in order to prevent social ills, but also to nurture participative democracies (calling on our role as citizens), which is a structural imperative if we are to build societies that are more humane, just, and healthy.
- To further highlight the professional relevance of this qualification, listed below are the specialist services typically employing graduates holding this degree: basic and specialised social services; Social Units or Municipal Units dealing with social and family mediation; private units offering family mediation and conciliation; law firms specialising in mediation; psychologists specialising in family counselling; child protection services and centres; judicial authorities; care services for the elderly; services for women who have suffered gender-based violence; psychosocial teams at family court; technical teams at juvenile court; family guidance services; school guidance services; early-intervention services; primary and secondary schools; healthcare centres and hospitals; job centres and occupational placement agencies; municipal housing and urban planning services; local development agencies; and professional NGOs working with minors and families.
- Students must be familiar with underlying theoretical frameworks and foundations that enable interventions and their related processes to be undertaken, whilst also taking into account the different characteristics and conditions of the range of areas and sectors involved in family, social and community environments.
- Students must understand the need to reflect on the fundamentals and principles of equality, the culture of peace, and democratic values when performing professional duties.
- Students must be familiar with the legal frameworks governing family, social and community-based mediation and intervention in order to be able to correctly apply them to their respective fields.
- Students must understand, from a psychological and environmentally systemic perspective, the social evolution of a family unit, the relationships that exist between family members, its characteristics, and the dynamics that exist in different contexts.
- Students must understand the theories, elements, procedures, psychological foundations, types of mediation involved in conflict management.
- Students must apply quality assurance and assessment procedures and innovative processes to the profession.
- Students must understand the methodological processes behind intervention to be able to apply qualitative and participative analysis strategies.
- Students must follow assessment strategies and procedures and family, social and community-based intervention.
- Students must understand the principals of gender equality, and also awareness raising strategies pertaining to these.
- This Masters is aimed at students possessing the following undergraduate degrees: Psychology, Law, Pedagogy, Teaching, Logopedia, Social Work, Social Educator, Anthropology, Sociology, or other qualifications falling under the social, legal or healthcare sciences.
- In addition, applicants will need to submit accreditation demonstrating that they possess one foreign language up to B1 level on the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.
- Applicants whose native language is not Spanish must accredit their understanding of the Spanish language by submitting documentation that demonstrates that they possess at least B1 level. This accreditation must be presented along with the rest of the documents upon applying.