09 - 11 May 2023


9:30 am - 4:30 pm



Course Dates: 9,10,11 /05/2023

IFT is proud to be hosting this national supervision conference, which will be the first of an annual event shared with our partner training organisations across the country. We will be focusing on a number of supervision training and practice issues, including working across contexts, cultures and faiths.

In this three-day conference, we will be exploring current practice and training issues in supervision. Topics will include;

Day 1
De-Colonising the Curriculum (Moyosore Olorunoje, Peter Day)
Racial Trauma (Jessica d’Christian, Taiwo Afuape)
Supervision of Supervision (Rose Akobondu- Sampson, Rozen Rauf, Jane Willis, Tayo Aderemi)
Supervision in private practice (Dr Sharon Bond)

Day 2
Embodiment (Taiwo Afuape)
Burnout (Hendrix Hammond)
Systemic Supervision: impact and complexity in the context of unsafe uncertainty  (Fiona Crombie)
Sikhism and Supervision (Parveen Kaur)

Day 3
Evidence Based Practice Supervision (Hannah Sherbersky)
Creative and integrative approaches to Supervision (Bob Williams &  Hannah Sherbersky)
Rejuvenating Conversational Practice in Supervision (Karen Burgess and Bhawna Bharkada)
What are the rhizomatic entanglements of becoming within and between supervisor and supervisees in creating safety? (Joanne Hipplewith)


IFT Zoom
Zoom - details are issued separately by email.


  • 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.

  • Dr. Sharon Bond
    Dr. Sharon Bond
    Director at Chiron Training Ltd, and Consultant Systemic & Family Psychotherapist

    Sharon qualified as a Social Worker in the mid-eighties, She worked in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in Hackney and qualified as a Systemic and Family Psychotherapist at Kensington Consultation Centre (KCC) in 1993. Sharon taught systemic theory and practice on the foundation year course at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust for 13 years and the intermediate year at the Institute of Family Therapy (IFT) for 9 years. Until recently she was clinical supervisor on the Tavistock MSc course and continues to be a research supervisor for students on the IFT MSc course. Sharon founded Chiron Consultation & Therapy Services in 1997. Chiron Training was established in 2011. Her working week is divided between training supervising, being a consultant and offering therapy to individuals, families and couples.

  • Hendrix Hammond
    Hendrix Hammond

    Hendrix is the Systemic Practice Lead for Croydon Children Social Care Department. Prior to this role, he was the Course Director of the foundation and qualifying level training at the Institute of Family Therapy (IFT). Hendrix has a passion for supporting institutions to deliver good systemic teaching. This passion comes from witnessing first-hand how a relational framework makes a significant difference to professional practice and the lived experiences of service users who access our support.

    He has a wide and varied background, having started in a Youth Offending Service with ‘hard to engage’ young people with an offending history. He then worked in educational settings with families where a child had been identified with an emotional/behavioural difficulty. In this setting Hendrix noticed that fathers were often absent so he decided to take a role in working with both parents. Hendrix then moved to the Tavistock Relationships Centre (TR) where he worked as a group facilitator and supervisor running parenting groups for high conflict couples. In addition, he has worked in CAMHS undertaking mental health assessments and short-term interventions with a variety of clients.

  • Parveen Kaur
    Parveen Kaur

    Parveen Kaur is a British Indian married Sikh woman. During her extensive systemic training in psychotherapy, supervision and leadership she found connections with systemic values, Sikhism and spirituality. She works as a Family & Systemic Psychotherapist in Community CAMHS for Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. She practices as a clinical Supervisor on the MSc training programme at Birmingham and in March 2021 started her role as Head of the Birmingham Systemic Training Programme. In addition, she teaches clinical applications of FT-AN to SFP trainees on the Eating disorder training pathway for CYP IAPT training in Manchester. She is a member of the AFT registration Committee and hopes to make systemic training widely accessible. She loves walking in the Peak District, and spending time at her allotment.

  • Hannah Sherbersky
    Hannah Sherbersky
    Associate Professor

    Hannah Sherbersky (Associate Professor) is a Systemic Family Psychotherapist and Deputy Director of Post Graduate Taught Programmes at the University of Exeter. She is also the CEO of the Association of Family Therapy (AFT).

    Hannah has many years of experience working within the mental health service; as Family Therapist at a regional inpatient unit and as Co-Director of the Systemic Portfolio at the University. Here, with colleague Mark Rivett, she has helped to establish one of the most prolific systemic training providers in country. Hannah has developed six systemic courses, including systemic supervision, family therapy qualifying, CYP IAPT, family interventions and inpatient training courses. She has co-developed and manualised a model of couple therapy in a research-based couple clinic, and liaises with Health Education England about delivery and commissioning. In 2020 Hannah completed a Doctorate in Clinical Practice, researching notions of ‘home’ within an inpatient context. She presents nationally and internationally and has published on various family therapy subjects. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Family Therapy and is interested in innovative delivery of systemic ideas, recently contributing to a BBC documentary about family therapy (2019), an online couples therapy app (2020) and a UKCP podcast (2020).

  • Karen Burgess
    Karen Burgess

    Karen is the course lead for the Advanced Diploma in Supervision at IFT. Karen has taught at IFT since 2013, and teaches systemic theory and practice at Kings College on their CYP-MH Systemic Family Practice diploma, which has a strong focus on evidence-based systemic interventions.

    Karen Burgess has over 20 years’ experience as a Systemic Family Therapist and Social worker working in Children’s Services in both Social Care and the NHS. Practicing in both London and East Sussex. She is a qualified and experienced Systemic Supervisor and is currently in private clinical practice in Hastings.

    Karen also has ten years’ experience of leading, managing and developing clinical services. She has an interest in developing services that are flexible working in the community she influenced and was influenced by being part of Hackney’s “Reclaiming Social Work” and Newham’s Reframe Team.
    Karen’s current interest in supervision and training is driven by a belief in promoting self-care and a supportive agency culture to prevent staff burn out. This has become particularly important in an ever changing social world that puts further pressures on clients, therapists, and supervisors.

    She also has an interest in focusing on promoting supervisors/therapists to have confidence in providing support to families from evidence-based practice and making space to develop creative interventions in times of constraint. Her focus is very much to help promote students/ practitioners to feel supported by ensuring emerging supervisors who can provide excellent systemic supervision and reflective practice.

  • Joanne Hipplewith
    Joanne Hipplewith

    Joanne Hipplewith is a Clinical Supervisor on years 3 and 4 of the MSc Family Therapy course. Joanne joined IFT in September 2019. She has considerable experience of working across both health and social care in a range of roles, including as a Social Worker, Approved Mental Health Professional, Team and Service Manager across children’s, adults and older adult teams. She specialised in Mental Health with adults and children and currently works as a Senior Family Therapist in a CAMHs in Social Care team. Joanne has a small private practice including a family therapy clinic which offers low-cost, high-quality family therapy to local communities.

    She is currently a second-year PDSP Doctoral Candidate at the University of Bedfordshire, where she is exploring culture and identity.

    BSc (Hons) Social Work; MSc Mental Health Social Work with Children and Adults; MA Systemic Psychotherapy; Advanced Diploma in the Supervision of Family and Systemic Psychotherapy; Academic Researcher, PDSP Doctoral Candidate. UKCP and AFT Reg. Approved Supervisor AFT Reg. and UKCP listed.

  • Bhawna Bharakda
    Bhawna Bharakda
    Tutor Supervision Course

    Bhawna is a Systemic Family Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Organisational Consultant. In addition to her systemic work, she trained in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), psychodynamic/attachment, gestalt, person-centred counselling, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), children’s accelerated trauma technique (CATT) and non-violent resistance (NVR).

    Her experience includes working with children and families for over 20 years within a wide range of contexts, such as community settings, schools, NHS, Local Authorities, and private sector. She currently runs a private practice and offers consultations as an associate member to multiple organisations.She is a Senior Systemic Lecturer for various organisations and teaching.

    Institutions including IFT, where she teaches on the Systemic Supervision course. As well as writing and having multiple systemic courses accredited, she has written and delivered numerous parenting programmes and groups.
    She has a special interest in power and marginalisation, family culture, and supervision.

  • Peter Day
    Peter Day
    CPD Contributor

    Peter is a Systemic Family Therapist and Systemic Supervisor. He is currently Clinical Team Lead at The Hive. The Hive is a mental health project for 16 to 25 year-olds in Camden. For the past two years he has been developing the Hive Family Project, providing team-based family therapy in non-clinical settings.
    Throughout his career he has worked with children, young people, and families, in various settings but mainly in the community.
    He was manager of the Junior Youth Inclusion Project (JYIP), working to prevent 8 to 12 year-olds from entering the criminal justice system. He worked for Children’s Social Care, becoming Area Manager for the Family Service. During this time, he helped set up the Early Help provision.
    Peter has been a tutor and lecturer at the Tavistock and Portman on systemic courses and continues as a visiting lecturer.
    Peter’s specialism is working with adolescents and young adults and their families who have complex emotional needs, and multigenerational trauma.
    He has a strong interest in initiating, developing, and implementing high quality, accessible and effective projects for children, young people and families in non-clinical settings in the community.

  • Tayo Aderemi
    Tayo Aderemi
    CPD Contributor

    Systemic Psychotherapist and Supervisor with a keen interest in multicultural issues and social justice in therapy and supervision. Enjoys running and gardening.

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