M21 students

Systemic family therapy supervision, consultation and training (M21)

Develop and extend your systemic supervision skills to work with families, teams, work groups and organisations

This well-established course in systemic supervision will equip you to enhance systemic abilities at all levels in the workforce through work with families, other professionals, work groups and organisations.

A focus on supervision as a step into leadership will extend and apply your systemic skills in supervision, consultation, and training. On completion you will be eligible for accreditation as a qualified supervisor with the Association for Family Therapy (AFT).

The deadline for applications to this course is provisionally set for Wednesday 31 July 2024. However, we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible, as spaces are limited and can be competitive.

Please note: you may see the M21 course also referred to as SYTCTP001 in communications from our application system.

About this course

Taught from a dialogical/social constructionist perspective, this course enables a lively exploration of different positions and theoretical models. It combines theory, practice, live supervision and consultation to facilitate your development as a systemic family therapy supervisor and consultant who can train and develop future staff in the workforce.

The course takes an active stance towards addressing issues of differential power and discrimination and promotes supervisory and consultative practice as an opportunity for individual and organisational development.

The course team is committed to creating brave spaces for participants to listen and be heard. They strive towards inclusion and work against hate in all forms. Considering issues of difference and going beyond the ‘graces’, the course addresses racism and white privilege whilst working towards an understanding of complexity and intersectionality and developing an ability to act through taking small steps of resistance.

Theoretical seminars

You will examine literature on supervision, consultation and training in systemic therapy and research. You will also explore current debates in the field including consulting and supervising across contexts and theoretical orientation.

Supervision practice

The requirements for AFT registration are 80 hours of supervised practice, made up of live supervision to a group throughout the year (40 hours) and to an individual for a minimum of ten sessions in your workplace or another setting. Your supervisees will usually be professionals who have taken an introductory or intermediate systems/family therapy course but may also include other professionals interested in developing a systemic approach.

Additional supervision hours can include training and consultation. All supervision is a collaborative group process experimenting with peer evaluation. You will be mentored whilst you supervise or consult to your colleague, whilst your supervisees present video extracts for review. This will be live and will enable feedback from multiple perspectives in the supervision context.

Consulting partners

You will be paired with a peer to give each other written feedback and observe each other’s supervision groups. During the year you will co-present a theoretical session, including an applied exercise to make theory-practice links or to address personal professional development issues.

You will have the opportunity to observe a live supervision session of your consulting partner and, potentially, qualified family therapists at the Tavistock and Portman or elsewhere.


You will explore systemic approaches and models in consultation and develop your skills through consulting to peers on the course with respect to their work dilemmas.


To take a leadership position in the profession and in the work context, you need to be able to present your ideas in a variety of contexts. In addition to studying the literature on teaching and adult learning, you will prepare and present a theoretical seminar to the group with your consulting partner and receive feedback from the course participants.

Who is this course for?

This course is for those already working as a qualified systemic psychotherapist and are three years post-registration.

Course details

To undertake this course, we ask that you hold a master’s in systemic psychotherapy or its equivalent are working as a qualified systemic psychotherapist and are three years post registration.


£5,140 per year (2024/25)


£10,280 per year (2024/25)

You will be charged course fees for each year of your course. If your course is longer than one year, the fees that you will be charged after the first year will be subject to an annual inflationary increase. This will either be an increase of 3% or the Consumer Price Inflation as on 1 September of that year – whichever is the greater. At its discretion, the Trust may determine a figure between these two rates. Please refer to our Student Fees & Refund Policy for further information.

Financial support may be available to help you fund your studies at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.


Assessment is undertaken via two essay submissions, a learning portfolio, and supervision reports.

There will also be a viva of supervisory practice, during which students will be asked to both present supervisory material to be assessed on, as well as taking the position of assessor (supported by a course tutor), for one of the other course participants.


Training sessions will take place from 9.30am to 4.30pm (TBC) on Mondays and/or Tuesdays as follows:

M21 Training Session Dates – 2023/24
Monday 9 & Tuesday 10 October 2023Face to face
Monday 23 OctoberOnline
Monday 13 NovemberOnline
Monday 27 NovemberOnline
Monday 11 & Tuesday 12 DecemberFace to face
Monday 8 & Tuesday 9 January 2024Face to face
Monday 22 JanuaryOnline
Monday 12 FebruaryOnline
Monday 26 FebruaryOnline
Monday 11 March3ways – Online
Monday 25 MarchOnline
Monday 8 & Tuesday 9 AprilFace to face
Monday 22 AprilOnline
Monday 13 MayVivas – Online
Monday 10 & 11 JuneFace to face

Graduates of this course have gone on to take up leadership positions in health and social care, shaping the development of services and acting as change agents to work collaboratively and inclusively to provide the best possible care for all adults, children and families.

Others have taken up significant roles in the provision of systemic therapy and training, shaping the development of systemic psychotherapy for the future.

Why study with us?

This course will enable you to develop a theoretical framework for your supervisory, consultative, and training practice and allow you to bring supervisory challenges and dilemmas to explore with your peers.


“I would like to thank the tutors for their personal support; they encouraged my academic learning as much as they helped me to enlarge and extend my personal capacity. The challenges they offered helped me to rethink some of my positions as well as valuing others. For me, the tutors have been encouraging role models, who enabled me to find my own position as a supervisor.”

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This course is accredited by the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice. The Blue Book, produced by the AFT, is a guide to training standards and course accreditation and standardises the courses nationally and the hours that need to be completed.

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