Advanced Certificate in Systemic Practice: Families and Couples

 This course meets the requirements of the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice at Foundation level. This is over 66 hours of direct teaching of systemic ideas which is equivalent to the Relate MA course over the 2 taught years. There is no supervised practice as part of the course and there is no capacity for IFT to become involved in making practice decisions or offer a view about suitability to practice.

To access the course applicants must have a work context in which they can see clients – that is couples and families. They will be required to show evidence of 25 hours of systemic practice in addition to written assignments. On successful completion participants will achieve an Advanced Certificate in Systemic Practice; Families and Couples. This will be accepted by other training institutions if students wish to continue with systemic training at Intermediate level. For anyone wishing to progress to MSc (Qualifying level), they must also satisfy AFT’s requirements for prior professional qualification, a list of which appears on the AFT website.

The cost of the course is £2200 per student  and consists of the following requirements:

  • 15 days face to face course delivery
  • One transition assignment – non assessed
  • One assessed assignment
  • A short presentation to the student group – either single or pairs
  • Short account of work with 2 families
  • Completion of a portfolio of learning with reflective journal

In order for students to have the best opportunity of success, the Institute of Family Therapy will provide:

  • 1 or 2 tutors (depending on student numbers)
  • Course handbooks
  • Required reading – via PDF in memory stick
  • Course hand-outs where appropriate
  • Marking of assignments with feedback – Turnitin accounts.
  • Certificates


Course Dates

1 Friday 21st April 2017
2 Friday 12th May 2017
3 Saturday 13th May 2017
4 Friday 2nd June 2017
5 Saturday 3rd June 2017
6 Friday 14th July 2017
7 Saturday 15th July 2017
8 Friday  8th September 2017
9 Saturday 9th September 2017
10 Friday 6th October 2017
11 Saturday 7th October 2017
12 Friday 10th November 2017
13 Saturday 11th November 2017
14 Friday 8th December 2017
15 Saturday 9th December 2017


Course Venue

The Community Room, John Lewis Milton Keynes, 11 Field Walk, Milton Keynes MK9 3EP

The Community Room is situated on the second floor in the Espresso Bar area, and can be accessed via lift or stairs.


For further information please contact Relate Milton Keynes

Phone: 01908 310010