David Amias

Consultant Systemic & Family Psychotherapist

David Amias BA Hons MSW, MSc is dually qualified as a social worker (MSW in Social Work attained in 1984 from Haifa University) and as a family therapist (MSc in Family Therapy) attained in 1993 from Brunel University in association with the Tavistock Clinic).

He has worked with children and families first as a social worker and then as a systemic psychotherapist for 30 years in different statutory and voluntary health and social care contexts. He is an experienced supervisor, consultant and teacher of family therapy and systemic practice specialising in the domains of social care and refugee work.

He has held his current post held is as Consultant Systemic Psychotherapist for the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust since 2005. At the Tavistock Centre he works in the CAMHS Refugee Service, runs the CPD Course – Working with Refugee People and their Families (D35) and co-ordinates the Tavistock modules of the MA in Refugee Care run in association with Essex University (M35).

He also works for the Trust at the Camden Multi-Agency Liaison Team undertaking complex assessments, writing reports for court and offering brief focused family therapy as appropriate.

Email: DAmias@tavi-port.nhs.uk


Amias, D. (1996) Unsafe Uncertainty following the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin - Context summer edition

Amias, D. (1998) Families behind the looking glass: combining active and reflective

approaches in systemic therapy – Context August edition

Amias, D. & Katzman, S. (2000) Team Reflecting workshop at Tavistock Centre conference on Reflecting Teams, Reflecting Processes

Amias, D. ; McNab, S; Maljonovic, M. & Partridge, K (2001) Making use of child and adult systemic perspectives in addressing the complex systems surrounding parental mental illness Context February edition

Amias, D. (2003) Using Reflecting Teams in Multidisciplinary Team Meetings - Paper presentation at the International Family Therapy Association conference in Bled, Slovenia May 2003

Amias, D & Rowland, G. (2012) Reflective consultation in the context of a crisis intervention project: enhancing social workers’ capacity to think systemically Workshop presentation at AFT conference – New Frontiers; New Challenges

Amias, D & Barratt, S. (2013) Working with Refugees and Asylum Seekers Workshop presentation at the European Family Therapy Association Congress, Istanbul October 24-27th

Amias, D; Hughes, G & Barratt, S. (2014) Multi-layered systemic and narrative interventions with refugees and asylum seekers in a community child and adolescent mental health service Human Systems Vol. 25(1) pp 20-30


  • Working with refugee people and their families (D35)

    This is the first module of the oldest and longest running course in this field in the UK and aims to assist those working with asylum seeking...

  • Refugee care (M35)

    This is the only course of its kind that includes a placement within an organisation related to working with refugee people and it is the longest...

  • An introduction to working with refugees and asylum seekers

    This two-day workshop offers participants an insight into what it means to be a refugee and an asylum seeker. We will consider the role of trauma,...

David Amias