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Part time


2 years

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

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Course Summary

Course overview

Taught in a highly regarded NHS setting by experienced clinicians, this course was the first of its kind in the UK and successful completion provides you with a professional qualification accredited by The Association of Family Therapy (AFT) and enables you to register with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

Course outline

This course is a rigorous and intensive programme that will extend your understanding of theoretical concepts in systemic psychotherapy and fully develop your clinical skills as a systemic family therapist. You will learn through theory lectures, seminars, clinical supervision and clinical work.

Clinical supervision

You will provide family therapy to clients while supervised live by a trained systemic supervisor in clinical supervision groups. You will meet in the group for up to five hours per week throughout the course where you will work with families across the life cycle stages either in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) or adult setting taking a range of referrals and presenting problems. Consulting relationships between peers are encouraged as part of the clinical supervision process (and in other contexts). The consultation role that you take within your consulting partnerships will develop your capacity for leadership. This part of the course we arrange for you.

Clinical work

You will need to organise your own ongoing clinical work throughout the year. This is required by AFT (The Association of Family Therapy). This will enable you to practice the skills and theoretical learnings from the course. This work can either take place in your professional context or you can organise a separate placement.

We will only be able to accept you on the course if you have set up your own clinical work and you will need a systemic supervisor for this work. The supervision does not need to be live but can be retrospective once a month.

Personal/professional development (PPD)

As a therapist you will be required to think about your own personal life experiences and share these with other students in order to understand the connections between you and the clients you work with. Much of the PPD will take place in groups and this is an important reflective space where you will be encouraged to think about your contribution to group dynamics and the wider organisational system being created in this learning environment. As part of your application, you are required to write a personal statement which should include reference to your family of origin and incidents in your personal life that you feel are connected to why you would like to be considered for the Masters training.


The research aspect of this course is designed to help you develop a research ‘frame of mind’ by introducing you to quantitative and qualitative research paradigms and a number of research methods. You will either complete a research portfolio or a research dissertation.

Teaching and consultancy

You will be offered the opportunity to embed your systemic knowledge by teaching and offering consultation to groups of professionals externally. One of your assignments will be setting up a short piece of teaching usually in your work context.

The course is accredited by The Association of Family Therapy (AFT). The Blue Book standardises the courses nationally and the hours that need to be completed.

Who is this course for?

This course is for professionals who have completed the foundation and intermediate levels of systemic training, and are currently working in the field of mental health, social work/care or education.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (per year)


Entry requirements

In order to undertake this course, we ask that you: hold a professional qualification in social work, teaching, psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy, nursing or an affiliated discipline, or equivalent; hold an undergraduate degree or are able to demonstrate that you are able to meet the demands of a Master level course; have completed an AFT-accredited intermediate level systemic/family therapy training course. Please note that this is a mandatory requirement - we can only accept applications from those who have completed or are in the process of completing an intermediate level training; are currently working in the field of mental health, social work/care or education, where you have regular contact with families and are able to practice systemic psychotherapy for a minimum of 100 hours annually while attending the course.