Family and Couple Therapy (Systemic Psychotherapy)
We offer training in Systemic Family and Couple Psychotherapy (also known as Family Therapy).
Years One and Two are accredited by the Association of Family Therapy (AFT) and are available as stand-alone courses. Successful completion allows students to apply for Masters Level training and registration as a Systemic Psychotherapist (Family Therapist).
Year One: Foundation
The Foundation course is available as an evening programme. The courses are held at Prudence Skynner Family & Couple Therapy Clinic at Springfield University Hospital in Tooting, South West London. The course offers an opportunity to explore family systems and life-cycle transitions, to develop skills of engaging with and interviewing families, and to understand how therapeutic changes happen. Several therapeutic models are presented, including solution-focused and narrative approaches. The course enables participants to think about their place in the system in a reflexive way, and can be taken as a stand-alone course or as the first step towards the MSc.
- pdf (117 KB) Foundation course flyer 2021
- document (841 KB) Application form for foundation course 2021
Year Two: Intermediate
The Intermediate course is run at the Prudence Skynner Family and Couple Therapy Clinic at Springfield. The course emphasises the use of systemic theory and practice in clinician’s day-to-day work with families and networks. The accrediting panel said the course was “excellent and provides high-quality teaching and context for learning. Participants gave very positive feedback on how they valued the course’s commitment to systemic work with families in the NHS, the flexibility and responsive of the teaching, and the diversity of teachers and students”.
Years Three and Four: MSc degree
Students who have completed years One and Two at the Prudence Skynner Family and Couple Therapy Clinic have the opportunity to apply for Masters in Systemic Family Psychotherapy at the Institute of Family Therapy, validated by University of Bedfordshire. Live clinical supervision can be undertaken at the Prudence Skynner Family and Couple Clinic.
Clinical Placements are also available at the Prudence Skynner Family and Couple Therapy Clinic.
For further information on family therapy training in the Trust, please contact:
For further information on Family Therapy training in the Trust, please contact:
HeleniAndreadi – Courses Director
Stefania Zanelli-Cook, Marcia Mills - Courses Administrators
Tel: 020 3513 6195 or visit the Association for Family Therapy website