Advanced Diploma in the Supervision of Family & Systemic Psychotherapy

The Institute’s Advanced Diploma in the Supervision of Family and Systemic Psychotherapy is a well recognised and reputable course.  On completion of all elements of the programme you will be eligible for registration with the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (AFT) as a Systemic Supervisor and be able to work in a range of systemic practice and family therapy settings.

Key information

  • Date: September 2020
  • Course length: September to July
  • Fee for 2020/21: £3,872 pa
  • Venue: IFT

The aim of this course is to enable you to draw upon systemic, social constructionist and adult learning approaches in order to develop your knowledge and skills in undertaking supervision, training and consultation in a variety of environments. You will be supported in taking account of how your own beliefs, behaviour, gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation and other contexts impact on your supervision relationships and those of whom you work with.

The course outcomes draw on the second version of the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice Red Book, and is accredited by this body.

The course runs fortnightly on a Friday from September to July, for 21 sessions.

Practice and knowledge will be enhanced and developed through a range of experiential, reflective, reflexive and teaching opportunities including seminar presentations and lectures, small group work, observation of supervision, role play and the supervision of supervision.

Consistent with AFT criteria, the course privileges the domains of:

  • Practice
  • Theory
  • Personal development
  • Ethics

Visiting speakers contribute to the course and bring a valuable breadth and diversity to the learning experience.

Tutorials – each trainee has one hour of individual tutorial time.

Live Supervision Group – Each course member will be required to organise a live supervision group of no less than 3 people in their professional community/agency which will allow them to develop their supervisory skills. The people being supervised should include a range of professionals with different levels of systemic experience. The group should be ready to start by the beginning of the course. You will be expected to make audiovisual recordings of your individual and group supervision and bring these to the course days for supervision of supervision and peer review.

A range of supervisory models will be explored during the course.


You will complete a number of summative and formative assignment over the duration of the course including:

  • a supervision practice dissertation of 5000-6000 words
  • presentation of work to a panel of Institute staff and the external examiner at the end of the course

Candidates should have:

  • Completed a qualifying level training in family and systemic therapy or be able to show that they are at an equivalent level via UKCP registration
  • Usually consolidated that training for at least one year
  • Experience of using systemic ideas in supervision for at least two years
  • A commitment to be supervising regularly during the period of the course
  • A commitment to be doing family and systemic therapy during the period of the course

Course Chair: 

Tutor: Simon Shattock, BA, DipSW, MSc, PGCert CYIAPT

Course fee: £3,872 pa

A non-refundable administration fee of £40 is payable on application.


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Closing date for receipt of application is 31st of May in any year for September start.

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