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.

The Institute of Family Therapy offers courses at all levels of training in family and systemic psychotherapy

Long-term training is organised on a part-time basis to allow individuals to participate with minimum disruption to their work setting. Each stage of the training may be followed as a self contained module. Depending on experience and professional qualifications it may not be necessary to enter at the introductory level, but equivalence of prior learning will need to be demonstrated via our APEL procedure (accreditation of prior experience and learning). Trainees are required to apply for a place at each stage of the training.

The four year training programme

The four year training programme is taken in three separate parts:

Training Prospectus 2016-2017
Download the Course Prospectus (pdf).

Successful completion of all 4 years leads to a qualification in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy, and graduates can register with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.

FAQ’s Systemic Practice Courses

Course fees 2016-2017

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.

Dates for 2016:  Wednesday 6 April & Wednesday 4 May

Please email us if you would like to attend:

Email us to receive a copy of the 2016/17 Training Application Pack – available shortly.


Advanced Training

The Institute offers a Supervision and Teaching course:

Advanced Training Programme in the Supervision and Teaching of Family and Systemic Psychotherapy.   For an information pack please email

Further Training Opportunities

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.