Family therapy and systemic practice courses

We offer two family psychotherapy courses:


Foundation Course in Systemic Thinking and Practice

The course is one-year, part-time, and offers an introduction to systemic theory and concepts and how to apply basic theoretical ideas in your clinical practice. The course is AFT-accredited.

It is designed to enhance clinic skills for those who are working in the mental health profession or who wish to work with families and systems.

The course can be seen as a standalone course that offers knowledge and skills or can be seen as an entry level qualification towards the intermediate course in family therapy and systemic practice.

Entry requirements

  • Up to a degree level qualification
  • Experience of working with families/family context and group/organisational systems
  • Prior professional qualification in social care and mental health


Intermediate Course in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice

This one-year, part-time, AFT accredited course can be seen as a standalone course that offers knowledge and skills in family therapy & systemic practice.

It is suitable for professionals with a qualification in the fields of health, mental health and social care wishing to enhance their systemic practice and/or to go on to qualifying level training (MSc) in family therapy and systemic practice.

Entry requirements

  • Relevant professional training or equivalent.
  • Successful completion of a foundation (year 1) level course in systemic practice (see above)> or equivalent.
  • Opportunity to undertake at least 60 hours' clinical practice working with couples or families. This would normally be in the student's own agency but there may be some opportunities for a systemic placement.


Duration: September 2016 - August 2017. These are both one-year courses with three terms (exact dates will be fixed before the course starts):

  • Term 1: September - December 2016
  • Term 2: January - April 2017
  • Term 3: May - August 2017

Time: Fridays, 9.30am-1.00pm

Venue: CNWL, Stephenson House, 75 Hampstead Road, London, NW1 2LP

Fee: £1,500 for external participants, £800 for CNWL staff (limited internal placements)


Additional time: reading time at home each week

Marked assignments: essay, reading log (end of year) and homework tasks set by tutors

How to apply

To apply, please complete the application form and return to Nasima Hussain, Course Director, by email