Family Interventions for Adults: Foundation level training in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice

Key information

Start date:
To be confirmed


Sussex Education Centre, Hove, Sussex BN3 7NH
Supervision sessions: East Sussex, Brighton and Hove or West Sussex

Contact details:

  • Level
    6 (undergraduate)
  • Credits


This short course comprises two level 6, 15 credit modules:

  • Introduction to Family Interventions (NUR3209) 
  • Applying Family Interventions to Practice for Psychosis, Dementia and Other Mental Challenges (NUR3319)

To complete the course and receive accreditation students must complete two modules.

Professional recognition

This short course is accredited by the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (AFT) at foundation level, and the preferred provider of Family Interventions (FI) by Health Education England.


Course content

  • 12 taught days - to be confirmed
  • 10 (two hour) group supervision sessions - to be confirmed
  • Written assessments for each module and supervisor feedback for second module
  • Additional reading - assigned reading prior to each teaching day
  • Experience of working with at least two families
  • Two 15 credit modules at level 6 (undergraduate level) from University of Surrey
  • Systemic and psychosocial intervention approaches
  • Teaching days combine lecture, individual and small group work, discussion, role play and presentations.


Entry requirements

  • Diploma in Higher Education, Undergraduate degree or equivalent (for example nursing registration).
  • Core mental health professional training or equivalent, for example nursing, OT, social work, clinical/counselling psychology, psychiatry, PGCE, peer support training.
  • Extensive clinical practice in mental health.
  • Able to actively contribute to the delivery of psychologically based interventions with people with psychosis or dementia.
  • Line manager support to work with at least two families during the period of training and to deliver family interventions ongoing after completing the course.
  • Line manager support to attend the teaching days and supervision sessions and to attend ongoing supervision and annual CPD to maintain practice.
  • Reference from manager and clinical supervisor.
  • Currently working in a role, appropriate for family interventions to be incorporated into the job description or job plan during and after training.
  • You will be required to have completed statutory training such as information governance, safeguarding of adults and children and have a current DBS check.

Please note: all students will need to practice alongside another family worker for the practice component of module 2 (from January to summer 2019). We recommend that the co-worker should be another student on the course, so applicants will find it advantageous to apply in pairs.

Applicants not working in an NHS setting where they can carry out family interventions with local field supervision will need to see families as part of a clinical placement with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust with an honorary contract. If you will need a clinical placement, please contact the course organisers at an early stage to discuss this.

Fees and funding


Funding opportunities

Higher Education England (HEE) fully funded places for 36 trainees from Kent and Medway Partnership, Surrey and Borders and Sussex Partnership NHS Trusts (please note that salary backfill and travel costs are not included).

How to apply

Please contact Education and Training at for the application form and fuller course details.

Please complete and send your application along with your references to

Deadline for applications

Applications must be submitted by midday on 31 March. For late applicants, please contact

Interview dates

Interviews will be held in Hove, Sussex.

Interview dates are to be confirmed.

Register your interest

Terms and conditions

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If your sponsoring healthcare provider is funding you for this module, by submitting an application you agree to allow all information regarding your module (for example your exam results) to be shared with the sponsoring provider.

Cancellation policy

If you withdraw less than seven days before the module commences or do not attend on the first day (without informing the module administrator) the full cost of the module will be charged. Withdrawals after the module commences will also be charged.

Module availability

Places are confirmed approximately one month before the module start date. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps. 


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Contact details

Tanya Smart

University of Surrey
Surrey GU2 7XH