Systemic Practice in Schools: Community of Practice


25 Mar 2024


5:00 pm - 6:30 pm



Workshop Date: 25th March 2024, 17:00-18:30

Where: Zoom

The next on-line systemic schools Community of Practice will take place on Monday March 25th, 5.30pm – 6.30pm.  The forum was established in recognition of the vital role schools play in the well-being of children, families and social development and inclusion.  Systemic practitioners work in many roles across the education system, the Community of Practice is a place to come for networking, sharing of ideas and mutual support and encouragement. It is open to anyone with any level of systemic training or with an interest in learning more about how systemic ideas and practices are being used and developed in support of holistic and inclusive education.

For this session we will be joined by Taiwo Afuape, Co-director at the Institute  of Family Therapy, who will be providing an update on developments at IFT and sharing ideas in relation to racial trauma and how schools can address it within the Whole School Approach to mental health and wellbeing.


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.

  • Alastair Pearson
    Alastair Pearson
    CPD Contributor

    Alastair is currently systemic psychotherapist in a CAMHS Social Care Team. He was previously Joint Service Lead for the Tower Hamlets Education Wellbeing Service, having worked in a wide range of social work and CAMHS settings. He was an advisor on the NICE Quality Standard Committee on physical and mental wellbeing in schools, and served as a school Chair of Governors. He qualified as a Systemic Psychotherapist with IFT, where he is a Trustee and Chair of the Ethics Committee. He is a member of AFT’s Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Committee and co-edited an edition of Context exploring systemic practice in schools.

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