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Family Therapy and Systemic Practice

Anglia Ruskin University
Huntingdon, Great Britain
2 Years

Program Description

Our PG Cert is the first two years of a four-year qualification for Family and Systemic Psychotherapy. Made up of two modules, our course is accredited by the Association of Family Therapy (AFT), so you can be confident that you’re developing skills that are up-to-date and relevant for a career in family psychotherapy. Each module can be studied alone as part of your continued professional development, or they can be combined as you work towards your full training to become a qualified systemic (family) psychotherapist.

For September 2022, we’ll only be accepting applications for Year 2. You’ll have already completed Year 1 or the module Applying Systemic Principles in Professional Contexts.

Entry Requirements

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Bachelor's Degree
Degree from State Technical Institute
English Level
  • In order to maximise access to training in systemic practice, entry requirement for foundation level are kept to a minimum by the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice.
  • A relevant professional training or equivalent (these may include nursing, psychology, social work, psychiatry and other medical specialties, teaching, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, counselling, and dance, drama or music therapy.)
  • For students just wishing to do Year 1, substantial experience in caring may also be considered (eg child and family workers, foster carers) Students will need two references, one of which should comment on the applicant's professional practice. This is to comply with the AFT requirements.
  • For entry to Module 1 (year1), students will need the opportunity to apply systemic ideas to the current work setting.
  • For entry into Module 2 (year2) students must have the opportunity to complete at least 60 hours of systemic practice in the twelve months leading the end of the course.
  • For entry into Module 2 (year 2) students must have successfully completed module 1, or an AFT accredited Foundation level training elsewhere within the last 5 years , or to have had formal training in systemic ideas as part of training for professional registration (eg during psychology training courses).
  • Those completing an AFT accredited Foundation course, earlier than in the last five years, must be able to provide evidence of continued learning and practice in systemic ideas.
  • Non-graduates with extensive relevant practical and continuing professional development experience will be offered the opportunity to complete the Supplementary Profile in accordance with the University regulations, with guidance from the Pathway leader/Programme leader.


Core Modules

An Introduction to Working Systemically with Individuals, Couples and Families

Further Developments in Systemic Practice


  • By successfully completing your PG Cert you’ll be able to continue your studies to the completion of your MSc, which will then allow you to register as a family and systemic psychotherapist, on the basis that you fulfil AFT requirements.
  • You’ll also be able to refer to yourself as a systemic practitioner, which will be a significant addition to your professional portfolio.
  • Our course is carried out at a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit and we have strong links with the local mental health trust, allowing you to come into contact with a wide range of professionals already working in family psychotherapy.

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