Systemic practice and family therapy training

Systemic Practice and Family Therapy Training

A training programme over four years for practitioners qualified in the helping professions. Professionals may apply to join the course at years 1, 2 or 3 depending on previous, equivalent training. Progression from one year to the next requires successful completion of the previous year. The training programme comprises:

Certificate in Systemic Practice

Requires completion of both first and second years

Year 1 – Introductory Course

Focuses on theories and practices that enable practitioners to understand problems, recognise resources and create and maintain solutions.  Local and national speakers on a range of topics across the age range and agency base. Course held at Parkview Clinic, Moseley, Birmingham.  The course runs from October to June.  Dates to be confirmed – please contact the administrator.

Introductory Course in Family Therapy Application Pack  – please email for details.

Year 2 – Intermediate Course

Focuses on participants own agency work with families and other relationship systems. The emphasis is on conceptual and practical skill development, and includes coursework. Course usually held on Wednesdays, 9.30am to 4.30pm. Course run in Birmingham. The course runs from October to June.

Please email for an application pack.

Years 3 & 4 – MSc in Systemic Psychotherapy

Years 3 and 4 comprise a two-year part-time course validated by University of Birmingham as a Masters in Systemic Psychotherapy. The course leads to qualified status through the Association for Family Therapy as a Systemic Psychotherapist.

The course takes place at Parkview Clinic where, in addition to a programme of academic study, course members see clients under live, taped and reported supervision. Trainees have an honorary contract as a Systemic Family Therapist in Training. This course runs every two years.

Please email for an application pack.

Advanced Diploma in Systemic Supervision

The Advanced Diploma in Systemic Supervision forms part of the Birmingham Training Programme in Systemic Psychotherapy and Systemic Practice.  This one year course is designed to facilitate trainees to achieve registered status defined in the 2nd edition of the AFT, RED BOOK as follows:
A registered supervisor is a qualified Family and Systemic Psychotherapist who is registered or eligible to register with UKCP as a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist and is able to:

  • Supervise the clinical work of those people training for qualified family therapy status on an accredited course.
  • Provide supervision to qualified family therapists as part of their continuing professional development (as described in UKCP registration criteria).
  • Provide supervision of teams and staff working with families and networks or individuals wishing to work with a systemic orientation.

Please email for an application pack.


We run various workshops throughout the year.  Please email to be added to our distribution list.  You will then be notified when new workshops are available to book.


Every 1-2 years, around November-December time we run a National Conference – Working with Families within the Context of Inpatient Settings.  This is a participants conference and we ask for professionals to give workshops at this conference.  If you would like to do a workshop or just attend the next conference, please email for more details. 

Further details from: Jenny Luscombe, Systemic Training Programme Administrator
Tel: 0121 333 9889, ask for Jenny Luscombe or 0121 333 9999 ext 6921 or email: