Family Therapy & Systemic Research Centre

The Family Therapy and Systemic Research Centre supports and promotes research in systemic and family therapy, as a resource for all family therapy and systemic practitioners, policy makers and the public. Our aim is to make systemic research visible and easily accessible.

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Our aim is to make systemic research visible and easily accessible to the public and practitioners.

We think it is important to build a strong and connected systemic research community, to support clinician-researchers and to encourage new research.

We maintain a small database of family therapy and systemic research. Here you will find qualitative and process research studies, relevant to practice as well as to commissioners and policy makers and the research on outcomes and effectiveness of systemic therapy, important to families and therapists, as well as to commissioners and policymakers.

Research studies have been categorised under Evidence and Outcome Studies, Process Research, Topics, Research Methodologies, and Type of therapeutic approach. We present Doctorate research theses and Masters research dissertations carried out in training institutes throughout the UK and elsewhere, which we are committed to making visible for the field. We include links to systemic researchers & research centres in the UK and internationally alongside their key research interests.  Please let us know of any gaps and absences.

We encourage you to join our distribution list, where:

  • we circulate information about  relevant research seminars and conferences, and new published and unpublished research.
  • please let us know if you would like us to publicise your conference or research papers
  • if you would like to contact other systemic researchers in your area of interest we will circulate your request please let us know
  • we circulate requests for research participants

The Director of the FTSRC is Charlotte Burck (left) and the Associate Director, Astrid Winkler (right)         


The FTSRC is a resource for all systemic therapists and the public. We are based at the Tavistock Centre, an internationally renowned centre of psychotherapy training. A well-established and thriving doctoral research programme for qualified systemic psychotherapists has been running here for over twenty-five years.

We work in dialogue with the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (AFT).

Systemic research is a rapidly growing field. Please do let us know of research, including your own, which could be added.

Research references

We include research which is directly relevant and useful to family therapy and systemic practice, and to the families, individuals and communities...

Tavistock Systemic Doctoral Research Theses.

Doctoral systemic and family therapy research carried out on the Professional Doctorate in Systemic Psychotherapy at the Tavistock. Many full texts...

Other Systemic Doctorate and PhD Research Theses

Titles and links to Systemic Doctorate and Phd Theses carried out at other Institutes and Universities

Masters research dissertations

Titles and abstracts of systemic masters research dissertations from UK family therapy training institutes that were awarded distinctions or merits...

Other systemic centres and researchers

The following links may be useful to you

Research tools

If you are carrying out research which requires you to 'manualise' the therapeutic practice you are developing, systemic competencies and manuals...

Practitioner research networks

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) have set up a lively practitioner research network made up of therapists and researchers to develop...

Planning your research

We have produced this short guide to help get you started in family therapy and systemic research.

A Conversation with Tim Ingold, Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology. In person and online. Email. 25 May 2023

4th Autism & Systemic Practice Conference. 6-7 July 2023. Online.

Calgary's Family Therapy Centre 50th Anniversary Conference. Calgary, Canada. 16-20 August 2023.

9th Qualitative Research in Mental Health Conference. Budapest. Hungary 31 Aug-2 Sept 2023.

The Big LIVE Narrative Conference. Granville Island, Vancouver, Canada. 27-29 October 2023