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How will this qualify me?

The PGDip in Psychological Therapies Practice (Systemic Family Practice) is split into two strands:

  • Depression and conduct problems
  • Eating Disorders

This course is accredited by the Association of Family Therapy (AFT) and will enable practitioners to develop their knowledge, skills and competency in SFP for adolescents with self-harm/depression and their families and for young people (over 10 years) with conduct problems, or for adolescents with eating disorders and their families.

Who is it suitable for?

The course is suitable for practitioners who have a core profession recognised by AFT – for example social workers, occupational therapists and mental health nurses.

What is the time commitment for staff?

The course runs between January to December, where staff attend University for 2 days per week and will then need a further 2 clinical days a week in service as well as their own study time. This means that 0.8 – 1 FTE (full-time equivalent) for staff will need to be protected for completion of the course.

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed by a mixture of essays, videotaped therapy sessions, case reports, supervision reports and reflective logs.

How is my service supported?

This training is accessed through the recruit to train offer. As part of expanding the workforce to provide improved access to Psychological therapies for young people, services can recruit to an SFP role with full support from Health Education England to an AFC mid band 6 salary (including on costs) to support the training and salary support of that practitioner in the first year. Services will then need to support that practitioner to remain employed within the service following their training. For further information on recruit to train, please use the embedded link above. 

Where can I find out more?

Please see the University of Exeter CEDAR CYP IAPT SFP handbook for details on the content and structure of the course.

If you have any queries, please email us directly or contact Hannah Sherbersky or Mark Rivett as academic and programme leads.