Course Administrator

JOB DESCRIPTION The Institute of Family Therapy is a registered charity founded in 1977. It has established a national and international reputation for its work. The Institute offers a four year training programme in Family Therapy and a wide range of workshops and conferences. Following a service review IFT requires a Course Administrator to assist […]

Senior Business Support Manager – Clinical and non-university courses

JOB DESCRIPTION The Institute of Family Therapy is a registered charity founded in 1977. It has established a national and international reputation for its work. The Institute offers a four year training programme in Family Therapy and a wide range of workshops and conferences. Following a service review IFT requires a senior business support manager […]

Senior Business Support Manager

JOB DESCRIPTION The Institute of Family Therapy is a registered charity founded in 1977. It has established a national and international reputation for its work. The Institute offers a four year training programme in Family Therapy and a wide range of workshops and conferences. Following a service review IFT requires a senior business support manager […]

Bhawna Bharakda

We are delighted to welcome Bhawna Bharakda to our team! She will be taking on the role as our Lead for Training Content Development. 


Goodbye and thank you to Dora Black We were all very sad to learn that Dora Black, psychiatrist and family therapist, born 2 July 1932, died on 16 December 2021. Dora was a founder member of IFT and remained involved with our work ever since. Her continued challenge “but what about the children?” in situations […]

Director Update January 2022

New Year: Keeping moving! I last updated you in September 2021 when we were ready to welcome the new trainees to the building. We had a great first term, with new trainees and new tutors, as well as welcoming old friends to our great new location. Our lovely lunch spot…..St. Dunstans in the East Inductions […]

Couples and Sex: A Multi-Dimensional Perspective

Don’t miss the opportunity to work with Desa Markovic and her ground-breaking work on working with couples on sexual issues.  Desa has developed a model of working that unites elements of psycho-sexual understandings and systemic approaches to enable therapists of all persuasions to be able to tackle this challenging issue. Please book your place for […]

Therapeutic Activism

Therapeutic Activism.  Monday 11th October, 9:30 to 4:30, IFT Zoom Join Charlotte Burck, Gillian Hughes, Gwyn Daniel and Belinda Milani for this crucial workshop to keep psychotherapeutic knowledges and social justice approaches connected and find spaces in your own practice for therapeutic activism. Charlotte and Gillian will share what the Refugee Resilience Collective has learnt […]

Peter Stratton introduces our new lunchtime research seminars

Thursday 16th September 12:30 to 2pm.  Peter Stratton, emeritus Professor of Family Therapy at Leeds University, kicks off our new season of lunchtime research seminars. Peter will ground his presentation in how research can be of great use in helping clients in our current political climate. He says, ‘outcome research can be thought of as […]

Building Communities of Practice

An invigorating morning with the Communities of Practice groups was held today at IFT.   Participants and facilitators joined together to explore the learning and developments during the months since the creation of the COP in December 2020.   People generously shared their ideas, experiences  and hopes for the journey that has been and the journey(s) ahead.  […]

Autumn CPD News

Happy September and welcome to the start of the autumn season CPD programme at IFT.  This autumn we have a rich and varied programme of events, something for everyone! General news As previously announced our CPD offerings will be staying online for the rest of the year, whilst the Institute opens our new premises at […]

Communities of Practice Workshop

Hear Sonia Kalia, Beth Levy and Natalie Shoreman invite you to this exciting morning exploring the social graces in practice! This dynamic set of groups are joining together around aspects of social difference and understanding how systemic practice can grow and develop around these topics. This is a free workshop with an option to make […]

Judy Hildebrand’s obituary

Readers will remember that we posted news of the death of our colleague and long time friend of the Institute, Judy Hildebrand, some weeks ago. Judy’s obituary, written by Bebe Speed, appeared in Saturday’s Guardian.  Here is the link. Her contribution to the humanity and rigour of our systemic practices reverberates down generations of […]

CPD BIG news!

You might not have heard that from September our CPD programmes will be available to participants as recordings.  This means that you can catch up on missed sessions if you for some reason you must miss one.   This will give you the option to attend at your leisure.  Just sign up! AFT members will have […]

BIG news from IFT CPD!

Recordings available from September!  We are delighted to announce that we are now able to make our recorded CPD sessions available to participants.  So if you sign up for a workshop, whether it is a single or multi-session workshop, and for any reason cannot attend, you will be able to access the recording!  We hope […]


Before you head for the beach hear Alastair Campbell on the work of this stunning project. Paths Through Parental Illness in a Parent: a Family Systems Approach is unique in this country if not in the world.  Alan Cooklin is joined by a number of experts by experience as well as professionals to explore the […]

Services for Judy Hildebrand

Judy’s funeral service will be on Monday.  Those who knew her and want to attend can do so following the link below. Service order for Judith Hildebrand k/a Judy 21-Jun-21 at 12:00 West – Golders Green user name:  goja6266 password:  268755 Live Webcast Please send this username and password exactly as above to family […]

Free book launch event: When They Came for Me, the Hidden Diary of an Apartheid Prisoner

John Schlapobersky is a training analyst, supervisor and teacher at the Institute of Group Analysis, London and Research Fellow, Birkbeck, University of London. His importance to IFT is his close relationship and collaboration with Robin Skynner, a founder of the Institute of Family Therapy. He is in private practice and has trained generations of group analysts, […]

Judy Hildebrand

We were so saddened to learn of the death of Judy Hildebrand.  Judy was one of the early pioneers who established IFT’s reputation for authenticity and humanity in practice.   She was both challenging and nurturing for emerging practitioners.  Judy said it like she felt it, like she believed it to be.  She was the Clinical […]

CPD -Summer Update

Easter is coming and spring has sprung.  There is optimism in the air at IFT and many workshops to help you during the summer term and the lifting of lockdown restrictions.  Have a look at what is on offer. Hendrix Hammond and Juma Woodhouse will start us off on Friday 23rd April with Systemic Work […]

Announcing a new MSc intake for 2021-2023

You may have come across the announcement from Rachel Watson, Director, informing you of a historical development at IFT of a yearly cohort for our MSc programme, commencing in September 2021! We are hopeful that going to a yearly intake will offer both choice and access to those of you considering training at this level. If […]

Julian Leff

We at IFT were so sorry to hear that Professor Julian Paul Leff, aged 82, died at home on Tuesday 23 February, 2021. Dr Leff had a huge impact on the adult mental health field and family therapy, being a pioneer in social psychiatry. He was an advocate of issues related to migration and the […]

Happy International Women’s Day!

At IFT we are proud to celebrate the women family therapists who spoke out against the status quo and gave voice to the unequal experience of many women in families.  Many of those pioneers remain very influential and are on our reading lists,  lecture on our courses and appear in our Continuing Professional Development programme. […]

CPD News January 2021

All of us at IFT wish you a healthy and safe new year.  Although the year is starting with a challenge we are hopeful that it is indeed the beginning of the end. Meanwhile we have a very full CPD programme to offer you for this winter and spring.  We will shortly be posting our […]

Director Update November 2020

Director Update November 2020 It is such a privilege to work in IFT, where we are in conversation with so many different organisations also working hard to respond to families in the current climate, and extending their practice into new areas. Our recent conversations with our charity sector friends in Family Action for example have […]

November CPD update

Our CPD is now well established on the Zoom platform. Although of course we value the face to face experience, and miss being able to chat in the breaks and reconnect with old friends who work in other places, zoom has brought unexpected benefits.  It is possible for people to join us from anywhere in […]

Creating inclusive conversations: Social Care and Multiple Relationships

This workshop provides a golden opportunity to hear about new developments and reinvigorate the use of systemic ideas in your work in social care or the voluntary sector. It is relevant for all levels of work. Three of the presenters are directly from social care organisations which are committed to getting the most up to […]

CPD News from IFT

There are lots of exciting events coming up at IFT which you will not want to miss!  There is still plenty of time to book for Paolo Bertrando and Claudia Lini’s innovative two day workshop on systemic dialogical therapy: Finding One’s Place. 13th November sees a Festschrift for Barry Mason, former director and contributor to […]

John Byng-Hall

All of us at the Institute were saddened to learn of the recent death of Dr John Byng-Hall.  John was one of the founders of the Institute of Family Therapy.  His vision and foresight has set the tone for our development and is embedded in the very fabric of the Institute. He made a substantial contribution […]

Black Lives Matter at IFT and the University of Bedfordshire.

IFT believes that Black Lives Matter and that each of us has a role to play in opposing racism, injustice and oppression. In response to the tragic events of the past few weeks and the powerful anti-racism protests across the UK and around the world, we want to reaffirm our commitment to combating racism. We […]