The course involves 11 days teaching days (one per-month) starting in late September at the University of Bath. You are expected to complete 120 hours of independent study in addition to these teaching days, this includes the time necessary for reading and all assignments.
Teaching days are always on Fridays.
- Systems theory
- Genograms and mapping
- Inclusion and diversity
- Policy, key concepts, code of conduct, research and evidence base
- Structural and Strategic approaches
- Milan and post Milan approaches
- Narrative and Solution-Focused Social Constructionist approaches
- Convening, assessment and systemic formulation
- Adapting systemic interventions to different populations
Read more about the course's unit content and learning outcomes 
There are four assignments:
- a 4,000-word case report (based on hypothetical practice)
- an interview and 500-word reflection around an aspect of social difference
- a 500-word critique of a key systemic paper of your choice
- completion of a Reflective Log
Taught by systemic therapists and professionals from different service contexts, this course attracts many visiting lecturers from across the region.
You are taught alongside Doctorate in Clinical Psychology trainees, to add to the richness of learning.
The maximum group size will be 50 students, but teaching is specifically adapted to take this into account with lots of opportunities for small group work and role-plays, as well as larger group discussions.
You will be able to access University of Bath resources and facilities, including a range of workshops, to improve your academic skills.
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.
On successful completion, you will be awarded 12 University credits. You can study the foundation as a standalone course or progress onto an intermediate course at any institution where this is offered. The University of Bath will offer an intermediate course from September 2024.
Many of our students are successfully selected to complete qualifying master's level training in systemic psychotherapy courses (not available at the University of Bath) and go on to become registered family and systemic psychotherapists and supervisors. However, eligibility for this level of study will be dependent on your previous experience.