Certificate in Systemic Practice With Families and Couples

When: Mondays (twice a month)

Time: 10:00 – 16:00

Length: September-June, 18 teaching days.

The Course commences in late September and is accredited as a foundation level course by the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (AFT). Participants must be working with families or couples within the context of their profession to be eligible to apply. They should also have an appropriate professional training or equivalent, such as social work, nursing, psychiatry or clinical psychology. The course on its own does not aim to train participants to become therapists, but to enable them to incorporate systemic ideas and techniques into the participants’ professional practice. It forms the foundation year of the Institute’s four year clinical training programme.

Course Chair and Tutor:

Lucy Robertson-Richie: Bsc. Hons; PG Cert Sys; Msc; PG Cert SS

Course Tutors:

Emma Sales
Jessica Anglian d’Christian


  •  Familiarise participants with a systems approach to working with families, couples, and their networks.
  •  Familiarise participants with the principles underlying this and the main approaches used in systemic practice.
  • Encourages participants to broaden their range of interventions in family and other related contexts in which they have a professional role.
  • Encourage a critical approach to theory and practice in the light of inequalities and differences of race, class and gender,
  • Encourage an anti-discriminatory approach to working with clients.
  • Developing an understanding of the self of the practitioner.


Divided into two units; Theory and Skills, running concurrently,
The teaching in both will develop the participants’ understanding of:

  •  Theory and methods of systemic intervention
  • Ways of observing and understanding the interaction between people in family, couple and professional relationships
  • Methods of intervention
  • Different applications of a systemic perspective
  •  Personal development of the practitioner
  • Anti oppressive practice