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Family therapy and systemic research centre

Supporting and promoting research in systemic and family therapy

This is a resource for families seeking evidence for the effectiveness of family therapy, systemic therapists continuing to develop their practice, researchers and service providers and policy makers.


Our aim is to make systemic research visible and easily accessible. Research has shown that systemic family and couple therapy is as effective—and in many cases more effective—than alternative interventions.

We host a database of family therapy and systemic research, which is updated regularly. Here you will find research on the outcomes and effectiveness of systemic therapy, and qualitative research studies investigating how change happens in therapy.

Family therapy outcome measure SCORE-15 app

SCORE-15 is a self-report measure of family functioning proven to be a reliable and valid index of therapeutic change. FTSRC have developed a SCORE-15 app to enable SCORE data to become part of the therapy process for families and therapists.

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We circulate information about relevant research seminars and conferences, new published and unpublished research as well as requests for research participants.

Please let us know if you would like us to publicise your conference or research papers or if you would like to contact other systemic researchers in your area of interest we will circulate your request.

Research resources

Upcoming events

IFTA 2024 World Family Therapy Congress. April 8-13. 2024.

Conference of Narrative Therapy and Community Work in Liverpool, July 4th & 5th 2024.

28th International Meeting on Dialogical and Reflective Approaches to Psychosis and Other Challenging Mental States. London August 28th – September 1st, 2024

AFT Annual Conference. Bristol. September 19 & 20, 2024.

A photo of the Director of the FTSRC Dr Charlotte Burck (and the Associate Director, Astrid Winkler