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Foundation Course in Family Focused Practice using applied Systemic Theory



This introductory course is informed by the Association of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (AFT) guidelines on Training practitioners at Foundation level.  It is a post-graduate course, one academic year in length and offers a pathway for progression to a 4 year qualifying course for students wishing to embark on a career working with families and couples.


Practitioners working with family groups and couples need to develop skills and techniques that would enable them to create a safe space in the room for everyone to express his/her thoughts and views.  They need an awareness of the emotional and behavioural effects of talking and listening and the feeling that can be evoked.  The skills and techniques taught within a systemic theoretical approach provide practitioners with the tools and resources needed to negotiate and manage complex and challenging situations involving people in communication with one another; such as skills in hypothesising and circular questioning.



What Chiron Offers


  • small classes; a maximum of 10 students with 2 tutors

  • a year’s membership to the Tavistock & Portman Library

  • classes on a Saturday

  • two individual tutorials of 30 minutes each.



Length and Structure of the Course

The course is run over 3 terms and provides 60 hours of face-to-face tutor time.  Attendance is one half-day every fortnight and one full day at the start of each term. Students also need to allow themselves a further 120 hours independent study time in order to produce the assignments required to successfully complete the course.


Cost of the course is £2750 - it can be paid for in instalments although that may incurr addtioanl charges.


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