Autumn CPD News

Happy September and welcome to the start of the autumn season CPD programme at IFT.  This autumn we have a rich and varied programme of events, something for everyone!

General news

As previously announced our CPD offerings will be staying online for the rest of the year, whilst the Institute opens our new premises at last to welcome the new cohorts of students. Next year we will be offering a mixture of face to face and online workshops with some ‘hybrid’ events thanks to Zoom rooms.

Recording CPD Events

We are happy to announce that future workshops and seminars will now be recorded and available to participants who have booked and paid in advance for the workshop.  They will be available for up to one month following purchase.  The recordings will be edited so that the main speaker or speakers only will be visible as well as any PowerPoints or other teaching material.  If videos involving direct work with clients are used these will also not be part of the recording.  This is a great milestone and something we have been working towards for a number of months.  This will make it possible for participants to ‘time shift’ their attendance at workshops to a time which suits them better, even though it will mean missing out on the ‘live’ aspects of the event.

CPD points will only be allocated to those who have attended the live workshop and not those who have watched the edited recordings.  This part of our ongoing enhancement of the Continuing Professional Development programme here at the Institute.

Postponed event

We are sorry that Paths Through Mental Illness in a Parent: a Family Systems Approach, has had to be postponed.  It is also likely to be slightly reconfigured.  We will let you know as soon as we have word of its new timings.  This is likely to be in the new year.


The Social Graces in Action 

First off of our new season is this Friday morning – 10th September from 9:30 to 1 pm  – a free event offered by the Communities of Practice group.  BUILDING COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE: THE PROCESS OF LEARNING TOGETHER.  This is a free event which will describe the how the groups worked and what they learned through the process.  An invitation to join similar groups will be explored.  Book now:

Lunchtime research seminars

As evidence-based practice continues to be crucial to explain why we do what we do, we are starting a series of lunchtime seminars.  We are very fortunate that Peter Stratton, Emeritus Professor of Family Therapy at Leeds University will start us off with an overview of the importance of outcome research on Thursday 16th September from12:30 to 2. Book now:

This will be followed on Monday 8th November from12:30 to 2 by Hannah Sherbersky and Notions of Home.  Hannah will share the results of her doctoral research on adolescent in-patient units.   Book now:

These seminars are being offered for just £10.


Therapeutic Activism

How do we engage in challenging and reflexive conversations as systemic practitioners: do we move away or move towards semantic polarities? Are we allowing ourselves to remain curious and explore the nuances inherent in complex situations?  If you have an interest in liberation psychology, social justice and human rights you will not want to miss THERAPEUTIC ACTIVISM IN CONTEXTS OF OPPRESSION AND HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE on Monday 11th October.  The day will be divided into two halves.  The morning session will consist of Charlotte Burck and Gillian Hughes describing the work of the refugee resilience collective in Calais.  In the afternoon Gwyn Daniel and Belinda Milani will present their experience of supporting the therapeutic work of the Palestine Trauma Centre in Gaza.


Monday 18th October, 5 pm to 7 pm.  The aim of this evening is to begin a community of practice in education:  an area where systemic practice is developing in exciting and novel ways. This trail blazer initiative will bring together practitioners with an interest in the application of systemic ideas within and connected to educational settings.  SYSTEMIC PRACTICE IN SCHOOLS: MAPPING AND NETWORKING EXCHANGEAlastair Pearson, a trustee of IFT and Joint Service Lead for the Tower Hamlets Education Wellbeing Service, will lead the evening event. Again, this is a free event but we are asking for a small donation to cover admin and other expenses.  Don’t miss this opportunity and book your place now:

Working with Couples

You have repeatedly asked for more workshops on working with couples.  We are pleased to announce a new series of related workshops starting in October.  These will be full day workshops (9:30 am to 4:30 pm) presented by leaders in our field, many of whom have published extensively on their subject.  They will be available as stand alone workshops for £140 or all four for a savings of £50.

Arlene Vetere, Rebecca Infanti-Milne and Lee Walton start us off on Friday 15th October with Couples and Violence: a systemic approach to safety in relationships. Book now

And check out the website for Amanda Middleton, Matthew Ganda, and Desa Makovic who will  follow in November.

Systemic Work with Individuals

Paolo Bertrando returns to IFT with a workshop over two mornings on 21st and 22nd October to explore relational and dialogic work with individuals in his own unique style. There are still some places left, so hurry.  Book now:

Lots more to come in November and December.  Have a look!








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