Families and beyond: an introduction to systemic thinking (Online)

Course overview

We all live our lives in and through our relationships, both past and present, and we are all shaped by the social and cultural contexts in which we are embedded. 

Systemic ideas, which form the basis for family therapy, have become hugely influential in recent decades and their application has developed beyond the family and beyond therapy to provide invaluable ways of exploring the contexts in which we all live and work.

What will you gain from the course?

  • a shift in thinking - moving from a focus on individuals to an ability to think about families, organisations and networks.

  • how to translate new ways of thinking into action

  • an understanding of the influences from previous generations on our current families and other close relationships.

  • a fresh perspective on 'stuck' patterns or difficulties in the work place, including the effects of organisational change

  • an opportunity to think and talk about identities and positions within a diverse and multicultural society

  • input on the complexities of contemporary political conflicts and their representations in the media

  • creative ideas to aid your understanding of the arts

This is an online self-study course delivered through our virtual learning environment, Moodle. It utilises video clips of clinician-trainers talking through concepts and examples, interviews/discussions available as audio podcasts, interactive tasks and full text online reading. 

A self-study course is arranged to provide flexibility of time management as you are not required to connect to the optional live online meetings. It is an excellent way to get acquainted with a subject. Your time commitment to the course will be roughly 2 hours per week (1 hour per video lecture, 1 hour for additional reading, discussion forum activity etc).

This course incorporates the following elements:

  • Directed online study - you are given access to study resources such as video lectures, interviews, podcasts and discussion forum activities.
  • Reading pack - you are also given access to full online texts such as ebooks, case studies, conference papers and journal articles.

The course is arranged as ten units, which are released on a weekly basis. Each unit covers a particular theme and is delivered through a combination of video lectures, reading activities and reflective tasks. Unit themes include:

  • What is systemic thinking?

  • Contemporary system ideas

  • Systemic ideas in action

  • The social GRRAACCEES

  • Diversity and family forms

  • Organisations and the workplace

  • Surviving change

  • Literature and the visual arts

There will also be three live online seminars delivered through a webinar platform - at the beginning, mid-point and end of the course - where the course organiser or tutor will discuss further application of systemic approaches and where students will be able to feedback their experiences of studying this course.

The course is open to those from all walks of life and ages. It is for parents, carers, students, teachers, managers, professionals and all those who would like to find out more about systemic thinking and practice, whether for career purposes or out of general interest.

April - July 2020

The course starts the week commencing Monday 27th April 2020. Participants can join the course for up to 2 weeks after the start date indicated.

NOTE: If you apply on or after Monday 27th April 2020, please allow up to two working days for us to set up an account and get in touch with you.

The fee is £295 per person.

Included in your course fee, you will receive full membership of the Tavistock’s internationally-renowned library for the duration of your course.

Our friendly and knowledgeable library team will help to support you through your specialist CPD course, whatever your level of professional or academic experience. You will have access to an extensive range of eBooks, online journals, all the relevant key databases and our specialist audio-visual collection plus reference access to all our print books. Our Information Skills Trainer has made lots of material available on Moodle to help you to navigate our comprehensive electronic collections.  PCs and photocopiers are also available for your use.

Library staff curate various online resources, such as Audio/Video Playlists and Subject Updates, to help you stay on top of latest developments, as well as regularly sharing helpful news and research on Twitter and Facebook. Find out more on the Library website:  https://library.tavistockandportman.ac.uk
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Course length:
11 weeks
Theoretical approach:
Admission status:
April 2020 to July 2020

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