Family therapy supervision (M21)

Course Overview 

This is a very well regarded one-year part-time course for qualified family/systemic psychotherapists who want to become qualified systemic and family therapy supervisors. It is accredited by the Association for Family Therapy (AFT), allowing registration as a qualified supervisor with AFT. If you are interested, please apply - we interview and offer places throughout the year for autumn intake.

Trust Certificate
Course Length 
1 year
Course Type 
On site
Study Attendance 
Part - time
Who is this course for?

This course is for qualified systemic psychotherapists.

Course outline

The course consists of the following elements:

  • supervision of individual and group agency supervision
  • supervision of peer supervision
  • theoretical seminars
  • theory–practice workshops
  • observation of live supervision

Supervision of agency supervision

You will be required to negotiate a contract to provide live supervision to a group throughout the year and to an individual for a minimum of 10 sessions, in your workplace or another setting. These will usually be professionals who have taken an introductory or intermediate systems/family therapy course and are in the advanced part of their systemic/family therapy training. This requires the backing of your agency and line manager.

You will be supervised on your supervision by presenting DVD extracts for review in a small group of your peers and a staff member. You will be paired with a peer to give each other written feedback and observe each other's supervision groups.


Supervision of peer supervision

You will supervise your peers using retrospective supervision or tape-review and include personal professional development issues. This will be live supervised by the supervisor of supervision and enable feedback from different perspectives (supervisee, supervisor, observing group, supervisor of supervision).


Theoretical seminars

The seminars will examine the literature on supervision of family therapy, research on supervision, and current debates in the field, and consider how these may be incorporated into supervision. They will explore issues of consulting and supervising across theoretical orientation. They aim to enable you to take into account cultural diversity and the wider societal context, and to work with differences of 'race', gender, class, sexual orientation, ethnicity and ability. You will take a turn at presenting the theoretical papers and finding ways to enable your peers to explore the ideas.


Theory –practice workshops

These workshops, presented by a range of staff members, will enable you to make further theory-practice links as a supervisor.


Observation of live supervision

You are expected to observe an experienced supervisor supervising a group, and to interview the supervisor about the supervision process. You will have the opportunity to observe live supervision of qualifying family therapists here, or you will need to negotiate other opportunities to observe live supervision.

Why study with us?

This course will:

  • help you to develop a theoretical framework for your supervisory practice and bring supervisory challenges and dilemmas to explore and resolve
  • benefit your organisation through the development of both your supervisory practice and your supervisees’ systemic practice

You will be assessed by course papers, self-reporting, supervisors' reports and a viva.


Start date: 7th Sept 2015 Monday and Tuesdays. Block sessions- once a month    9.30am - 5.00pm



One year, part-time.

Academic award

You will be awarded the Tavistock Qualification in Family Therapy and Systemic Supervision. The course is accredited by the Association for Family Therapy (AFT), and you will be eligible to register as an accredited supervisor with AFT.

Entry requirements

This course is available only to qualified systemic psychotherapists holding an MSc in Systemic psychotherapy or its equivalent. You will be invited to attend an interview following a successful written application.


Fees for academic year 2016/17 are not yet set.  Please contact us in early 2016 for an update or register your interest to be notified.

What students say about the course

"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."

Feedback from M21 student.

Course dates

Dates for the academic year 2016/2017 are not finalised as yet.  Please contact us in early 2016 for an update or register your interest to be notified.

Opening dates for applications

Applications will open in January 2016.

Closing date for applications

Course applications will close in July 2016, please contact the course administrator for further information.