The Institute of Family Therapy and Frontline

Over the past three years the Institute of Family Therapy has constructed and delivered systemic courses embedded in the Frontline Masters in Social Work. This has been an interesting period in IFT’s development and consolidated the status of our institute as a leading systemic training partner in social care contexts.

IFT has been associated with Cohorts 1 and 2 in the Frontline programme which has included Foundation and Intermediate level systemic training. This contract reaches its completion in summer 2017 with Cohort 2 students completing their Intermediate level course which forms the masters’ year in social work.

Students who have studied the systemic option for the Intermediate year have given excellent feedback and several students from Cohort 1 have chosen to continue their systemic journey through the MSc in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy. This is a welcome development as those students will contribute to a growing body of systemic practitioners and therapists in social care environments. We anticipate that there will be a similar level of interest from Cohort 2 students for further training.

Frontline has now taken all courses in house from Cohort 3 onwards and IFT will no longer participate in construction or delivery.

This has been an exciting time for all of us involved in the course and we will continue to enjoy our time with the students as they work towards course completion.

Dr Barbara McKay, Director

January 2017

Agency Based Training at IFT

Agency based training has become a significant pathway for the Institute to share systemic ideas and practices with Social Care and Health professionals.

Since the publication of the Munro review in 2011 many local authority Social Service Departments have embraced the reports recommendations, introducing a more systemic model of Social Work practice.

The Institute has been invited to deliver Foundation, Intermediate and Supervision systemic trainings with a number of local authorities, including Essex, the Isle of Wight and Stoke-on-Trent, where we have now agreed to deliver our eighth Foundation course, totaling 200 participants.

The Institute has also been invited to offer a number of shorter trainings for Health Trusts.

We are hopeful that new opportunities to influence practice with families in health organisations will emerge over the coming year.

Richard Mc Kenny
Director of Agency Based Training

IFT connections ‘down under’

We are pleased to announce that IFT has formed a ‘twinning’ relationship with The Bouverie Centre, Melbourne. The Bouverie Centre is the leading family therapy training centre in Australia and, like IFT, has courses from introductory to MSc to Doctorate levels.

The Centre also has a number of very well established, high calibre clinical services in family therapy, particularly sexual abuse, acquired brain injury and single session therapy. The Centre was established in 1956 as the Bouverie Clinic. During the next 24 years there was a transformation from traditional child guidance clinic to a creative and innovative specialist family therapy centre. In the late 1980s the Centre formed an academic relationship with Latrobe University (interestingly at the same time that IFT established its relationship with Birkbeck) and in 1996 the Centre formally became part of Latrobe University in the faculty of Health Sciences.

The Director of the Centre is Dr Colin Reiss and one of the senior therapists is Amaryl Perlesz, who co-edited the Therapeutic Relationship with Carmel Flaskas.

We have put a link to The Bouverie Centre on our website or you can Click here to register your interest.

Academic Partner

The Institute’s four year training (Year 1, 2 and the MSc) are validated with the University of Bedfordshire and sees IFT’s courses 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.

For those who are interested you can access the University of Bedfordshire website to learn more on where you will find information about the University as well as details of research activity in Applied Social Sciences.

Barbara McKay Director