Department of Psychology

Intermediate Course in Systemic Theory and Practice

September 2019 - September 2020

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This course is accredited by the Association of Family Therapists.


The University of Bath offers this Intermediate level course in Systemic Theory and Practice, leading to the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in Systemic Theory and Practice, on successful completion of the course.

This course builds on learning from foundation level training, particularly in relation to bringing systemic ideas into practice.

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

Course content

This course places an emphasis on skills practice, as well as an introduction to a broad range of work settings that use systemic approaches, methods and techniques. Research and legislative frameworks will be discussed as relevant to these settings, and you will be given opportunities to adapt relevant theories and skills to your own practice.


  • Working with child complex cases
  • Eating disorders in children
  • Systemic couple therapy
  • Working through others in their field of Learning Disabilities
  • Working with families with physical illness
  • Family approaches to brain injury
  • Supervision

Course fees

£2,250, which can be paid in up to 3 installments

Application deadline 

The deadline for completed applications is Monday 8 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.

You will need to have completed a foundation course or equivalent in systemic therapy.

Approved Prior Experience and Learning

We expect that you will be aware of the different schools of systemic therapy and be able to place them in historic and contemporary contexts.

If you feel you have the relevant knowledge and skills from previous training and experience that equates to a foundation course, please complete the Approved Prior Experience and Learning (APEL) form as well as the application form and obtain references.

If you completed your foundation course more than five years ago, please also complete the APEL form, but for information only.

Supervised systemic practice

You need to be able to complete at least 60 hours of supervised systemic practice over the time period of the course. This ‘practice’ should be mainly clinical work, but some hours can include other systemic practices such as consultation or team working.

Permission should be obtained from clients to discuss them on the course and supervision must be from a supervisor qualified up to at least intermediate level.

It is your responsibility to organise this supervision, the minimum of which should be one hour for every ten hours of practice.

Study options

The course is now delivered across a 12 month period. You will undertake 12 teaching days between September 2019 - September 2020 at the University of Bath. You will also need to complete 180 hours of independent study.

Course dates to be confirmed, but the teaching days will mostly be on a Thursday.

There are three assignments:

  • a 4,000 word case report
  • a presentation of 10 minutes of videotape from your practice
  • obtaining a suitable rating by your supervisor on the Systemic Family Practice Session Rating Scale.

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 18 University credits on completion of their Intermediate training, and will receive the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Systemic Theory and Practice from the University of Bath.

It can also lead to the opportunity to progress onto a Masters in Systemic Therapy (not offered at the University of Bath).

The Intermediate Course 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: