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AFT promotes excellence in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy training in the UK via course accreditation and training development initiatives. It sets training standards and designs and monitors delivery of high-quality courses, from introductory modules in basic skills in working with families and other communities to full clinical qualifications at MSc and Doctoral level and systemic supervisor trainings. See our Trainng Overview on Levels of Training or download levels of training here as a PDF

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AFT members involved in training may wish to view our growing library of key reports and research, plus digital resources and downloads, available via the Members’ Area.


Training courses, short courses and workshops

AFT advertises a selection of short courses and workshops that take place around the UK.  These can be used for supporting your CPD (Continuing Professional Development). Please see the CPD policy for requirements in terms of hours. 

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AFT also provides a framework for accrediting courses in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy and in systemic practice.

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Find out more about course accreditation

Academic and research training

AFT is committed to continuous examination and development of the academic and research bases of systemic practice. The Academic and Research Committee brings together existing research training resources while also creating new possibilities and providing research support and encouragement to trainees, trainers and practitioners.

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Training to become a Family Therapist

The training to become a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist is based on the assumption that students have already trained in and had experience in another relevant profession. To qualify as a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist it is necessary to undertake the four-year part-time training at Foundation, Intermediate and Qualifying levels.

Read our Training Overview

UKCP Registration

AFT is a Member Organisation of UKCP (the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and as such is able to recommend its members for UKCP Registration. To be recommended for registration you need to demonstrate that you have completed a UK accredited Family & Systemic Psychotherapy Qualifying level course or be able to demonstrate prior experience and learning , equivalent to the requirements of our Qualifying level training given in the Blue Book.  See Registration process flow chart. and our Registration Policy. To apply for UKCP Registration you must be an AFT member to apply.  Forms are available on the Members' area of our website.  


Whether you’re considering or currently training in family and systemic psychotherapy, we have a collection of useful information and supportive resources to help you make your next step.You can also become a student member of the AFT. This is a great way to keep up to date with current developments in family and systemic psychotherapy in the UK and to access high-quality resources to support your studies and practice.

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AFT Directory of Approved Supervisors

AFT’s Registration Committee approves applications from those who have either completed an accredited supervision course or meet the requirements of the APEL route (Accreditation for Prior Experience and Learning) to be an approved supervisor.

View our Approved Supervisors Directory

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