Dr Barbara McKay has been the Director of the Institute of Family Therapy since 2006. Prior to this she was Head of Training for a national voluntary sector organization where she developed a new national family counselling service. Barbara qualified as a social worker in 1982 and has worked in both adult and children’s services in mental health fields and children and families teams where she worked as a locality social worker with a generic caseload including court work, assessments, child protection investigations, fostering and adoption. She worked briefly in the probation service.
Barbara qualified as a Systemic Psychotherapist in 1997 and a Systemic Supervisor in 2001. She completed her professional Doctorate in 2014.
Her current interest lies in the application of systemic practices in organizational change and development and to this end has created a range of courses relevant to strategic teams is delivering a change process whilst maintaining sufficient stability as a platform for learning. She continues to work in private practice offering therapy, consultation and supervision services.