Department of Psychology

Foundation in Systemic Theory and Practice

September 2019 - September 2020

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This course is accredited by the Association of Family Therapists.


This course introduces the core theories and key ideas of systemic therapy and provides an opportunity to develop specific therapeutic skills.

You will be taught by a range of speakers from different service contexts, many of whom are renowned in the field.

Course content

Systemic Therapy is an evidenced-based approach increasingly used in statutory services.

This course introduces you to the field of systemic theory, practice and research. It facilitates the development of basic practice skills which can be applied to the work setting and also provides a basis from which professionals can progress towards the intermediate level of systemic training.


  • Systems Theory
  • Genograms and Mapping
  • Policy, Key Concepts, Code of Conduct, Research and Evidence Base
  • Structural and Strategic Approaches
  • Milan and Post Milan Approaches
  • Narrative, Solution Focused, Social Constructionist Approaches
  • Convening, Assessment and Formulation
  • Adapting Systemic Interventions to Working with Children
  • System Interventions with Older Adults

By the end of the course, you will have a firm understanding of the different schools of systemic therapy, know how they fit in historic and contemporary contexts, the theories and concepts that underpin them and key therapeutic interventions championed by each approach.

Course fees

£2,250, which can be paid in up to 2 instalments.

Application deadline

The deadline for completed applications is Monday 1 July 2019.

Course eligibility

The course is designed for multi-professionals from a range of agencies who work with individuals, couples, families and inter-agency systems.

Study options

The course involves 11 days teaching days (one per-month) between September 2019 and September 2020 at the University of Bath, as well as 120 hours of independent study.

Course dates to be confirmed, but the teaching day will always be on a Friday.

There are three assignments: a 4,000 word case report, a problem-based learning group exercise that is run during a lecture day, and the completion of a Reflexive Log.

You will be taught alongside Clinical Psychology Doctorate trainees with a view to providing a rich learning environment for all participants.

You will be able to access University of Bath resources and facilities.

Career opportunities

Successful students will be awarded 12 University credits on completion of their Foundation training.

In addition, it can lead to the opportunity to progress onto the Intermediate Course in Systemic Therapy at any institution where this is offered or at the University of Bath (subject to approval). Successful completion of the Intermediate Course in Systemic Theory and Practice at the University of Bath, will lead to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Systemic Theory and Practice.

The Foundation in Systemic Theory and Practice is accredited by the Association of Family Therapy.

How to apply

Before making an application you should read the terms and conditions for Continuing Professional Development courses.

All enquiries about the course, requests for application forms and further information should be directed by email to: