Foundation Level Training

Level Training

Course Overview

The Foundation level training is designed for practitioners who work with individuals, families and broader interagency systems. In this Association of Family Therapy (AFT) accredited course trainees are introduced to core theories and key ideas from the literature in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice. There is a strong emphasis on developing links between theory, reflexivity, feedback and practice.

A systemic approach explores the network of significant relationships of which each individual is a part of. It considers the beliefs that give meaning to people’s actions and the communication patterns between people as they interact with each other and each other’s ideas. The course builds on the wealth of experience that adults bring to the continuing of their professional development

This can be a stand-alone course as part of professional development in working systemically with individuals, families and agencies as well as the beginning of a Pg Diploma / Masters in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice leading to registration as a Systemic (Family). Our Foundation course is professionally accredited by the Association of Family Therapy (AFT).

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Study Requirements

Trainees complete the following :


A strong emphasis is placed on reflective practice and the use of self, combined with a focus on workplace-based cases to ensure new learning is relevant to practice. We use a range of teaching methods to help you achieve your full potential including lectures, seminars, experiential exercises; skills practice work, group work and self-supported study.

The course will run from October to June 2018-19, delivered in six, two-day blocks, usually Thursdays and Fridays


A relevant degree-level professional qualification in health or social care is required. At Foundation level it is recommended but not essential that trainees are working professionally with families. Candidates will be interviewed as part of the selection process.






Course Program

This Course consists of two modules.

Module 1: An Introduction to Systemic Thinking; Thinking About Families

From its roots in family therapy, systemic theory has developed substantially to embrace many contemporary challenges. This module explores the challenges to professional practice e.g. of cultural sensitivity and working collaboratively, and of contemporary thinking e.g. social constructionism.

  • Power, gender and ethics
  • Changes in "the family" / expressions of family
  • Family and generations
  • Family and life cycle
  • Family and systems
  • A brief history of family therapy
  • Systemic practice
  • Family process
  • Reflection on experience
  • Models of family therapy
  • Writing essays
  • Evidence based practice

Module 2: An Introduction to Systemic Practice

The development of systemic practice has taken place in a wide range of circumstances and so, within the systemic practice literature, there is a rich range of possibilities for practice development illustrated. This module explores the elements of contemporary systemic practice.

  • Theory to practice
  • Attachment theory, implications for practice
  • Family resilience
  • Orientation to family meetings
  • Developing questions
  • Skills practice
  • Systemic formulations
  • Models of change
  • Reflecting teams
  • Critical reading
  • Evidence based practice
  • Ending.