22 Jan 2024


9:30 am - 4:30 pm



Workshop Date: TBC

Across all sectors, leaders are expected to take individual responsibility for the task associated with leading, and in doing so, respond to ever increasing complexity and demands.

As four women sharing a collaborative directorship we have developed a shared leadership model that increases capacity, efficiency and well-being.

This model is based on our attempts to embed our core values related to Justice (with respect to activism, reflexivity and compassion), Hope ( with respect to recovery, transformation and inclusion) and Relationships (with respect to communication, collaboration and community), into all areas of our practice.

We will explore the way in which generating a shared ethical leadership model can work across settings. We will reflect on the impact of power on our relationships and discuss the necessary components needed to transfer these practices within your own organisations.

Over the course of the day we will explore the ethos of the generating ethical shared leadership model, addressing some of the common barriers that can stand in the way.

We will then outline the process of establishing and implementing the model, paying particular attention to power and diversity, as well as  the safeguards and processes that are required to enable its smooth running.

We will then focus on the impact, efficiency and well-being linked to the model, drawing out the common features and strengths of the model, for you to apply within your own settings.


IFT Zoom
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  • Taiwo Afuape
    Taiwo Afuape
    Director: Training

    Being a Nigerian British-born working-class woman is central to Taiwo’s work and IFT has been greatly influenced by Taiwo’s work, including her books and articles with colleagues that are central to many of our courses.

    Taiwo has training in Narrative Therapy and is a Clinical Psychologist and Systemic Family Therapist with more than eighteen years post- qualification experience.

    Previously Taiwo has set up community psychology services for transitional populations – women escaping domestic violence, homeless people, people misusing substances, travelling communities of Roma and Irish heritage and refugee people; has worked in a Human Rights charity for survivors of torture; managed an adult mental health Systemic Service in Newham and was Principal Systemic Family Therapist in an adult Psychology and Psychotherapy service in Kensington, offering training in diploma level systemic psychotherapy as well as family and couple therapy for adults with mental health problems and more recently worked in Camden CAMHS as a Systemic Family Therapist and Lead Clinical Psychologist. She has most recently been leading in Newham CAMHS. Taiwo brings a wealth of experience to our new courses including working with universities and AFT to ensure we move with the times and into the future for systemic family therapy including working with social justice in action with families and communities and developing community models of working within our courses.

  • Nana Bonsu
    Nana Bonsu
    Director: Systemic Leadership

    Nana is Head of Service for Adolescents and Clinical Services in Wandsworth Children’s services.

    Nana is a qualified social worker, family and systemic psychotherapist and systemic supervisor. Nana has twenty years’work experience in both statutory children’s services and CAMHS. Nana has a proven track record of developing and implementing clinical services within a statutory context. The positive impact of the transformative practice that Nana has developed has resulted in several positive outcomes, including staff being supported to undertake systemic training up to master’s level, the creation of

    family therapy clinics in communities, reflective group supervision, and the co-location of family and systemic psychotherapists alongside social workers and practitioners. Nana has significant experience of creating the infrastructure required for the embedment of systemic practice to flourish. Nana’s work has been noted in several Ofsted inspections.

    Nana has experience of contributing to the development of successful leadership courses, participants have included leaders from across several domains: local authorities, health, education, and the voluntary sector. Nana has experience of lecturing for the Institute of Family Therapy, The Tavistock and Portman, and the Association of Family Therapy. Nana is keen to develop safe dialogical spaces, inviting curiosities that enable infinite possibilities to be created.

    Nana is extremely enthusiastic in developing the course that enables leaders to consider many aspects of what constitutes leadership and performance, including attending to ideas from both a personal and professional standpoint. Nana has written the following article: Bonsu, N. (2020). How can we further embed systemic social work while working in this way? Murmurations: Journal of Transformative Systemic Practice, 3(1).

  • Sumita Dutta
    Sumita Dutta

    Sumita is a Systemic Family Psychotherapist and supervisor. She has worked in various NHS child and adult mental health settings for the last 24 years. Most recently she has been the Consultant Systemic Family Psychotherapist in Hertfordshire CAMHS.
    She has published a range of systemic literature on clinical practice and supervision as well as co-editing a training manual for professionals in ‘race’ and culture. For many years she was the Chair of Graduate Certificate courses at IFT as well as teaching on satellite and supervision courses.
    Sumita has a particular interest in how we conceptualise and work with modern family formations. She is re-joining IFT to pursue her passion for expanding systemic ideas across professional and geographical borders and will focus on the cutting edges of systemic practice worldwide.

  • Rachel Watson
    Rachel Watson

    Dr Rachel Watson is an experienced systemic family psychotherapist, supervisor, trainer, and leader. She has been Director of IFT since September 2019, during which time the organisation has moved premises, weathered a pandemic, and undertaken significant restructuring to provide a platform for joint leadership, and the core values of IFT to be delivered in action.

    Rachel comes from a northern white-british background, and is a mother. She is interested in how systemic practice takes place using dialogue to create inclusive conversations. She completed her doctoral research at the Tavistock on this topic and has introduced the concept of Jointly Created Authority from Conversational Analysis literature, showing how examining the minutiae of talk can invite understanding of how power operates at different levels, and has recently published this work in the Journal of Family Therapy (1).

    Throughout her career to date Rachel has looked to develop innovative approaches to address organisational service dilemmas. She has successfully delivered a number of projects looking to increase access to services for different groups of people and invite collaborative effective responses by services. Rachel’s current areas of interest include working with complex situations with multi-agency networks where risks are high; and using systemic practice to address dilemmas of leaders and managers in complex organisations, particularly at times of transformation (2).

    Rachel is a Consultant Systemic Psychotherapist working to develop systemic approaches in a new Children’s Hospital in Cambridge with a focus on adolescent in-patient work.

    (1) Watson, R. (2018) Jointly created authority: a conversation analysis of how power is managed
    by parents and systemic psychotherapists in children’s social care. Journal of Family Therapy
    Early release:

    (2) Watson, R. (2018) Familiar ideas for changing times, our Cambridgeshire experience
    continued: using ‘approach, method, technique’ to address innovation and sustainability.
    Context. Issue 159 pp. 9-13.

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