Postgraduate (2 years part-time)
For September 2022, we’ll only be accepting applications for Year 2. You’ll have already completed Year 1 or the module Applying Systemic Principles in Professional Contexts.
If you’re committed to a career as a qualified systemic psychotherapist, this postgraduate certificate is your first step. Study flexibly over two years in Huntingdon, around your work commitments. Our course is also for any professional who wants to develop skills in working systemically with individuals, couples and families.
Our PG Cert is the first two years of a four-year qualification for Family and Systemic Psychotherapy. (Year 1 is often known as the Foundation level and Year 2 as intermediate level.) This PG Cert provides access to the final two-years of study which is the Masters programme (sometimes called “qualifying level”). To comply with AFT’s requirements, the course is extended to complete in early July.
Made up of two modules, our course is accredited by the Association of Family Therapy (AFT), so you can be confident that you’re developing skills that are up-to-date and relevant for a career in family psychotherapy. Each module can be studied alone as part of your continued professional development, or they can be combined as you work towards your full training to become a qualified systemic (family) psychotherapist.
Our course is suitable whatever client groups you work with and will build on your knowledge, beliefs and experiences within your own work context. You’ll develop a deep understanding of systemic thinking and practice and how to put this into practice with clients and families, exploring a range of presenting problems and contexts spanning the lifecycle from birth to old age.
Teaching takes place in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, at the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Newtown Centre on Nursery Road. Find out more about CAMHS at the Newtown Centre.
Course contact: Rosemary Cunliffe
By successfully completing your PG Cert you’ll be able to continue your studies to the completion of your MSc, which will then allow you to register as a family and systemic psychotherapist. You’ll also be able to refer to yourself as a systemic practitioner, which will be a significant addition to your professional portfolio.
Links with industry and professional recognition
Our course is carried out at a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, and we have strong links with the local mental health trust, allowing you to come into contact with a wide range of professionals already working in family psychotherapy.
You will complete the core modules detailed above. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change and availability.
You’ll be assessed in a range of ways to determine your expertise as an advanced reflective practitioner, including case and paper presentations to peers, a reflective portfolio, a case study and, at the end of the second module, a presentation to peers on a systemic concept of your choice and its application to practice. Assessment is on-going throughout the course and small group learning develops your skills with formative and informal feedback available on an ongoing basis.
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The part-time course fee assumes that you're studying at half the rate of a full-time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.
You can pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments – though you won't need to pay until you've accepted an offer to study with us. Find out more about paying your fees.
It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our finance guide for postgraduate students to learn more about postgraduate loans and other funding options.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships and bursaries, which provide extra financial support while you're at university. These include an Alumni Scholarship, worth 20% off fees for ARU graduates.
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