Training Courses

One of the reasons I really admire the IFT programme and always recommend it is the way it really helps the student to integrate the ideas into their developing style and identity as a therapist.’ Professor Arlene Vetere, January 16.

Please note our courses are now full for the 2017 intake.  Our next intake is autumn 2018.  Please contact us for our updated information pack.

Are you seeking to increase your professional skills with families, couples, young people and their networks? Wondering how to do it? Then come to IFT and train in Systemic work with families.

The Institute of Family Therapy is the premier independent organisation focusing specifically on the development of systemic practice in the UK. We have been leaders in the field for 40 years and have pioneered much of the practice and research development in family therapy. In addition to our solid foundation training, we are unique in the country in having the only Child Focused Systemic Practice course which focuses specifically on the meaningful engagement of children in family work.

At this time of uncertainty and radical changes in our society the skills and theoretical ideas taught in systemic practice are more important than ever. They have wide application and will enhance your ability to work creatively in complex, challenging and unusual situations. Applications of systemic practice are widely used in health, social care and voluntary settings.

You will get:

  • A solid set of tools and theories with immediate practical applicability
  • Strong tutorial support
  • A supportive training group
  • A university degree
  • A training accredited by the Association of Family Therapy and therefore portable to further training.

You will also develop unique thinking in relation to how you approach your own work and practice. Many participants who have completed the course comment on the profound changes they have undergone in the way they view the world as a result of doing it.

The four year training programme is taken in three separate parts and successful completion of all four years leads to a qualification in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy, and graduates can register with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy:

Download the Course Prospectus (pdf).

For qualified and practicing systemic psychotherapists the Institute offers a supervision training:

Advanced Diploma in the Supervision of Family and Systemic Psychotherapy

Email us to receive a copy of the 2017/18 Training Application Pack.

Open Evenings

We run open evenings every spring, where prospective students have the opportunity to find out more about the Institute of Family Therapy’s training programme. The evenings commence at 6.00pm with a welcome from our Director. During the evening there will be an opportunity to speak with IFT teaching staff.  The dates for 2018 are:

Tuesday, 27th March 2018, and

Thursday, 7th June 2018


Other training

Our Academic Partner

The courses that make up IFT’s four year training programme are validated by the University of Bedfordshire,, and are located within the Department of Applied Social Studies which also houses social work and nursing training.  The University has a good reputation for practice training amongst the professions and also has an excellent record in research in these areas. It is also familiar with systemic courses, having been the validating partner for other systemic courses in the past.

We are delighted with this relationship and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial arrangement to take us into the future.