Family Therapy & Systemic Research Centre

The Family Therapy and Systemic Research Centre  develops, supports and promotes research in systemic and family therapy, as a resource for all family therapy and systemic practitioners.

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FTSRC logoOur aim is to make systemic research visible and easily accessible to the public and practitioners. We work in dialogue with the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (AFT).

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 research on outcomes and effectiveness of systemic therapy, important to families, as well as to commissioners and policymakers. Clinicians, systemic consultants and practitioners will find qualitative and process research studies which will be relevant and applicable to their everyday practice. 

Researchers will find studies categorised under topics and research methodologies to enable their own research. We have included links to systemic researchers in the UK and internationally alongside their key research interests.

We encourage you to join our distribution list, where 

  • we circulate information about  relevant research seminars and conferences, and promote published and unpublished research.  
  • we foster links and collaborations between current and would-be researchers. If you would like to contact other systemic researchers in your area of interest, please let us know.
  • we organise events to promote and develop new research ideas and methodologies, and to enable publication of research .

ftsrc-peopleThe Co-Directors of the FTSRC are Charlotte Burck (centre) and Reenee Singh (right) and Associate Director, Astrid Winkler (left). 

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 twenty years. 

Systemic research is a growing field. We would appreciate your contributions to keep the website up-to-date. 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...

Research tools

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

Other systemic centres and researchers

The following links may be useful to you

Practitioner research networks

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) have set up some lively practitioner research networks for psychotherapy research.

Planning your research

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

Doctoral research in systemic psychotherapy

Abstracts and details of doctoral research on systemic and family therapy research carried out at the Tavistock.

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Upcoming events:

International Systemic Research Conference

8-11 March 2017 - Heidelberg, Germany

The Big Research Conversation

Tuesday 4th April 2017, 10-4pm - Tavistock Clinic, London.  AFT & the FTSRC are organising this exciting event for people undertaking or interested in research, and in taking the systemic research agenda forward with AFT. It will be a unique opportunity to hear 'breaking news' from the 2017 International Systemic Research Conference, share conversation with other experienced and new researchers, and discover what is happening in research locally. You can book online here.

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