Systemic family therapy supervision, consultation and training (M21)

Course overview

This well-established course in systemic supervision will equip you to enhance systemic abilities at all levels in the work force through work with families, other professionals, work groups and organisations. A focus on supervision as a step into leadership will extend and apply your systemic skills in supervision, consultation and training and on completion you will be eligible for accreditation as a Qualified Supervisor with the Association for Family Therapy (AFT). 

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Taught from a dialogical/ social constructionist perspective this course enables a lively exploration of different positions and different theoretical models. It combines theory, practice, supervision of live supervision, consultation and training to facilitate your development as a systemic family therapy supervisor and consultant who can train and develop future staff in the workforce. 

The course takes an active stance towards addressing issues of differential power and discrimination and promotes supervisory and consultative practice as an opportunity for individual and organisational development. The course team is committed to creating Brave Spaces for participants to listen and be heard, striving towards inclusion and working against hate in all forms, addressing issues of difference, going beyond the “graces,” to address racism and white privilege and working towards an understanding of complexity and intersectionality and developing an ability to act through taking small steps of resistance.  

Theoretical seminars 

You will examine literature on supervision, consultation and training in systemic therapy and research and explore current debates in the field including consulting and supervising across contexts and theoretical orientation. 

Supervision practice

The requirements for AFT registration are 80hours of supervised practice, made up of live supervision to a group throughout the year (40hrs) and to an individual for a minimum of 10 sessions in your workplace or another setting. These will usually be professionals who have taken an introductory or intermediate systems/family therapy course and but may also include other professionals interested in developing a systemic approach. Additional supervision hours can include training and consultation. All supervision is a collaborative group process experimenting with peer evaluation and you will be mentored whilst you supervise or consult to your colleague whilst they present DVD extracts for review. This will be live and will enable feedback from multiple perspectives in the supervision context.

Consulting Partners

You will be paired with a peer to give each other written feedback and observe each other’s supervision groups. During the year you will co-present a theoretical session, including an applied exercise to make theory practice links or to address personal professional development issues. You will have the opportunity to observe a live supervision session of your consulting partner and potentially qualified family therapists at the Tavistock and Portman or elsewhere.


You will explore systemic approaches and models in consultation and develop your skills through consulting to peers on the course with respect to their work dilemmas.


In order to take a leadership position in the profession and in the work context you need to be able to present your ideas in a variety of contexts. In addition to studying the literature on teaching and adult learning you will prepare and present a theoretical seminar to the group with your consulting partner and receive feedback from the course participants. 

This course will enable you to develop a theoretical framework for your supervisory, consultative and training practice and allow you to bring supervisory challenges and dilemmas to explore with your peers.

What our students say:

"I would like to thank the tutors for their personal support; they encouraged my academic learning as much as they helped me to enlarge and extend my personal capacity. The challenges they offered helped me to rethink some of my positions as well as valuing others. For me, the tutors have been encouraging role models, who enabled me to find my own position as a supervisor."

This course is for those already working as a qualified systemic psychotherapist and are three years post registration.

In order to undertake this course, we ask that you:

  • hold a Masters in Systemic psychotherapy or its equivalent
  • are working as a qualified systemic psychotherapist and are three years post registration.


£4,880 per year


£ 9,760 per year

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Please note that course fees are subject to a 3% or CPI uplift each year, whichever is greater.

We are happy offer a range of ways to pay your fees, as well as some funding for specific courses.

Trust Certificate
Course length:
1 year
Fortnightly on Mondays
The Tavistock Centre, London
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Course lead:
Karen Partridge