Certificate in Systemic Practice

We offer the Certificate in two separate courses leading to the same qualification. It is accredited by the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (AFT).

Key information

Date: September 2023
Course length: 1 Year (18 teaching days, Mondays, twice a month 10:00-16:00)
Fee for 2023: £3.024.00
Venue: IFT

Course Overview

The course is constructed in two different formats from which candidates must choose. They are:

The courses are equivalent and cover the same basic systemic tools and approaches. Applicants are therefore required to indicate at the point of application which course they wish to attend.
Progression: After successful completion, trainees can apply for the Intermediate Certificate in Systemic Practice.

Entry Requirements

No previous training in systemic work is required.

Participants must be working with families and couples/children and their families within the context of their profession.

If your intention is to pursue your training to MSc level, you must be aware that a prior professional qualification will be a requirement for entry. Please see Prior Professional Qualifications and APEL Policy for further details of MSc entry criteria.

Course Content

  • Courses run twice a month on Mondays for a full day (10:00-16:00)
  • Each course consists of two units: theory and skills, taught concurrently
  • There is an 80% attendance requirement.

Assessed components:
Theory unit:
Essay of 1,500 words due December (30%)
Essay of 3,500 words due April (70%)

Skills unit:
Essay of 3.500 words due January (50%)
Presentation to small group in June (50%)

Formative Assessement:
Reflective Journal (0%)

How to Apply

Applications Open: mid-March each year
Applications Close: 30 June.
This is a popular course and early application is advised. Late applicants are advised to contact the training department after the closing date to check availability of places.

Selection for the course is made on the basis of the application form. Applicants will not normally be required to attend an interview.

I have found the quality of teaching of the team, their experience of practice, and their sensitive and encouraging approach, hugely inspiring.