Taught course

Systemic Approaches to Working with Individuals, Families and Organisations

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust · Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to: have a first degree in social work, psychology, medicine, nursing, education or any allied field, or to be able to demonstrate an equivalent level of relevant experience; be working in a setting that will allow you to apply and develop systemic ideas – a voluntary work placement is acceptable for this.

Months of entry


Course content

The course provides students with a well-developed understanding of systemic theory and practice. Students develop practice skills which can be applied to their own contexts and learn to reflect upon the personal and professional dimension of their work.

This course will allow you to develop practice skills which can be applied to your own work contexts. You will learn how to reflect upon the personal and professional dimensions of your work.

The course also provides you with the capacity to recognise multiple contexts including political and political discourses that inform your work.

This course consists of the following elements:

  • theoretical seminars
  • application seminars
  • whole-day events
  • peer group projects
  • personal tutorials.

Theoretical seminars combine theoretical and experiential learning with an emphasis on interactional learning. In smaller application groups, you will be expected to present your own experience using systemic theoretical concepts.

You will undertake presentations on personal and professional issues, illustrating an aspect of systemic theory. Preparatory work will be carried out in consulting partnerships and presentations will be made to groups.

You will attend a whole-day workshop run by a well-known systemic clinician, author or occupational therapist. You’ll also attend a day conference which includes presentations and workshops by systemic clinicians.

This is a two year Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) level course. Students may exit after one year with a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert).

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Please note that course fees will increase by 2% each year.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Katie Oliver
+44 (0)20 8938 2213 / 2214