Taught course

Systemic Psychotherapy

University of South Wales · University of South Wales

Entry requirements

Candidates usually hold one of the following: Qualification in one of the caring professions or equivalent (AFT Guidelines) Qualified for a minimum of three years Undergraduate degree Family therapy intermediate level qualification (University of South Wales Postgraduate Diploma in Systemic Practice and Family Therapy or equivalent) Have been working with families and applying systemic approaches for the duration of the course.

Months of entry


Course content

This is a qualifying level course leading to eligibility for registration as a psychotherapist with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

Family systems perspectives on theory and practice have been rapidly developing across a wide range of professional disciplines and practice contexts. If you work with adults, children, couples or within the family healthcare field, this is your opportunity to further your knowledge and develop the skills to practice therapeutically at a specialised and advanced level using systemic theoretical frameworks.

This award integrates taught clinical practice, theory, personal development and research. It forms Years Three to Four of The Family Institute's psychotherapy training programme and builds on the Institute's long experience of teaching psychotherapy. It is designed to meet UKCP, UK Association for Family Therapy and European training standards. The Care Council for Wales has accredited this course for the Advanced Award in Social Work. Following successful completion, graduates are eligible for registration as a psychotherapist with the UKCP. As a result, you can seek employment in statutory agencies such as the NHS, social care, voluntary agencies or work within a private practice.

"I have had a good experience of studying other courses at the University of South Wales. I enjoyed the practical aspect of this course. I also enjoyed spending time at the Family Clinic within the University." Tracy Brain, MSc Systemic Psychotherapy, Health Visitor

What You Will Study

Year One
Systemic Approaches to Clinical Practice
Systemic Psychotherapy in Context
Integrating Systemic Theory, Practice and Research

Year Two
Theories of Change
Communication and Interactive Approaches to Psychotherapy
Second-Order Cybernetics and Complex Systemic Organisation

How You Will Study

Curriculum hours of study are designed to meet national Association for Family Therapy (AFT) and European Family Therapy Association (EFTA) standards. Live supervised practice is based at the Institute's clinic. Years One and Two comprise 40 taught days in a pattern of fortnightly two-day blocks, with a full week to start each year. You will be assessed through lecturer/supervisor assessment, self-assessment, summative and formative assignments. Emphasis is on reflective practice. You must pass both theory and practice components of each module.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Enquiries & Admissions
08455 194 787
01443 654050