Certificate in Systemic Practice (Online)

This course is currently postponed, if you are interested in applying please email trainingadmin@ift.org.uk and include your reasons for choosing the Online training course, over our blended teaching course.

Step into our close-knit IFT community of learners. We are offering a unique online course in the Certificate in Systemic Practice (Year 1). Join us for this unique online learning opportunity and enhance your skills in working with children, families, couples and communities.

Our Certificate in Systemic Practice (online) includes complete online delivery, term time weekly teaching over 8 months and small class sizes.

The course offers the same levels of support, tutorials, lectures, tutor groups and connection to practice as the in-person Certificate courses.

The course still offers IFT’s unique, responsive environment and team approach to teaching systemic ideas online.

Key information

Start Date: TBC

Course length: 8 months
(18 teaching days, twice a month 10:00-16:00)

Course Day: TBC

Fees: TBC

Venue: Fully Online

Course Overview

Welcome to our online course, dates are to be confirmed. This course mirrors our London office in-person programme, focusing on systemic approaches to working with children, families, couples and communities.

Key highlights of this online course include:

  • Fully Online: You can access the course from the convenience of your home or workplace, offering increased accessibility and flexibility.
  • Peer learning from across the country and globally: This course will be available to people across the U.K and internationally.
  • Fortnightly Teaching Blocks: Our structured approach includes approximately fortnightly teaching and practice sessions, allowing you to balance your learning with your other commitments.
  • Small Class Sizes: Enjoy a personalised learning experience with our small class sizes, ensuring you receive individualised attention and support.
  • Skills & Knowledge: Equips you with the skills and knowledge to work effectively with children, families, couples, and communities, providing a comprehensive foundation for diverse and impactful social work practice.


Entry Requirements

No previous training in systemic work is required.

Participants should have appropriate professional training or equivalent, such as social work, nursing, psychiatry or clinical psychology and will need to be working with at least three separate families or couples during the course to write assignments.

Course Content

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
  • Different applications of systemic approaches with children, families, couples and communities
  • 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 from a systemic perspective


How to Apply

Applications Open: TBC – enquiries are open

Applications Close: TBC

Early application is recommended.

Late applicants are advised to contact the training department after the closing date to check the 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.

Please email the training team at trainingadmin@ift.org.uk for all enquiries.

“Enrolling on this course and committing my time to this has been an empowering personal and professional journey for me.”

“Examples from the tutor’s practice were incredibly helpful. Many thanks for all the support and the amazing learning environment.”