Both our Foundation and Intermediate courses are designed for graduate level professionals with a first professional qualification in a relevant mental health or social care related discipline. These professions include nursing, psychiatry, social work, clinical psychology, psychiatry and other medical specialties, teaching, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, and counselling.
This is an AFT requirement to progress to years three and four, the systemic psychotherapy qualifying years. You can find further information about the Dual Qualification and Equivalence Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning (APEL).
If you are working in a mental health or social care setting without a first professional qualification, you are welcome to apply for admission through our accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) route.
Intermediate course requirements
You will need to have completed a Foundation Course or equivalent in systemic therapy, accredited by the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice. If you have not completed an accredited Foundation Course but wish to claim equivalence for prior study of systemic practice, you can apply by completing the APEL section of the application form.
You must be working in a setting suitable to undertake the Systemic Practice requirement of 60 hours of systemic practice during the year. The requirement is for ‘systemic practice’ and not ‘systemic therapy’. We would like you to apply systemic thinking to your everyday practice in your workplace. The practice requirement must be supported by the agency and have suitable clinical supervision arrangements and facility to record, with client consent, one session (visual or audio) of clinical practice for assessment purposes.
You need to be able to complete at least 60 hours of supervised systemic practice over the time period of the course. This involves the application of your systemic learning to your direct work with client systems in a professional capacity.
You should obtain permission from your clients to discuss them on the course and supervision must be from a qualified systemic family therapist. It is your responsibility to organise this systemic supervision, the minimum of which should be one hour for every ten hours of practice (ten hours in total).