Prior Training Requirements – Training in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy

The Institute of Family Therapy’s four year training programme is accredited by AFT(Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice).  AFT require any candidate for the qualifying training (i.e. the MSc in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy) to have a first degree or have evidence of ability to study at a postgraduate level; have successfully completed the foundation and intermediate years of training (or equivalent) and have a prior relevant professional qualification together with some clinical experience.

If you wish to pursue your training to MSc level, you should be aware that a prior professional qualification will be a requirement for entry. This is to ensure that those training as Family and Systemic Psychotherapists have sufficient knowledge, skills and experience prior to their training, so that they are equipped to practice in a variety of clinical settings.

The list of relevant prior professional qualifications include:

  • Psychology: clinical psychology, educational psychology and counselling psychology
  • Social Work
  • Psychiatry and other medical specialities
  • Teaching: individuals should have substantial experience working with pupils and families in a counselling capacity
  • Nursing: mental health nursing and other nursing specialities which require counselling skills
  • Art Therapy: art, dance and movement and music therapists, qualified and registered through the Health Professions Council
  • Counselling: three year minimum training, full BACP accredited membership and experience either in the public or voluntary sector
  • Occupational Therapy: qualified and registered with the Health Professions Council
  • Speech and Language Therapy: qualified and registered with the Health Professions Council

Please refer to our APEL Policy, if you do not have one of the prior professional qualifications listed above.