in Family Therapy Studies
A distance learning course
Note: February 2014; This course is being
revised and will be re-launched shortly with amended details and
We will resume enrolments when the new version is available.
College accreditation: International Association for Distance Learning.
Course accredited by Institute for Meridian Psychotherapy
for professional development purposes
recommended period of study: approx.
3 to 6 months or less. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.
£300.00 (300 Pounds Sterling - for currency conversion see
A FREE textbook
(approx. 600 pages)
will be sent to UK students. Non-UK students will normally purchase the
book on-line from an internet bookstore.
discount for UK students: We will give UK
students a discount of £25 if they purchase the
Kindle edition of the textbook from the link in
the left-hand column of this page, instead of
opting for the free hard copy.
Method of study
Textbook study. Written assignments based on
textbooks and exercises. Assignment questions are issued by email and
students return their written work by email. Grades and feedback are issued by
This course provides a comprehensive
overview of family therapy theory and methods of
The material also includes a section on
research findings on effectiveness.
Major schools of family therapy and introduced,
their methods explained and their work
evaluated, leading to an integrated model of how
family therapy can be delivered.
The history and
development of family therapy is covered.
of family therapy are considered, including for
diverse lifestyles and sexual orientations and
families with disabled or mentally ill members.
The process of how family
therapy works is explained according to its
various stages, and different styles of
intervention are described.
portion of the course is devoted to how family
therapy can assist with various problems such
distressing intimate relationships,
You will also learn about
some of the methods and technologies that are
used in the training of family therapists.
criteria and suitability
This course is
mainly for helping professionals who are
thinking of becoming a family therapist, who
have an interest in the area, or who refer
clients to family therapists. The course may
also be taken for personal interest.
It is an introductory
theoretical course and is not intended to qualify you
as a family therapist. However this course
can act as a complement to other courses or
as a refresher and it might also increase your
chances of finding a place on a family therapy
course that provides practical training.
Qualified and practising
counsellors, psychotherapists and
find this course a welcome addition to their
professional portfolio, providing a key area of
professional development. Professional societies
that operate an unrestricted CEU policy may
consider this qualification for CEU purposes.
The key textbook used is:
Family Therapy: Concepts, Process and Practice. Second Edition. John
Wiley and Sons Ltd., 2006.
(The book is FREE
to UK students: overseas students will need to
acquire the book separately - see column on left
Successful graduates will receive the Diploma in
Family Therapy Studies awarded by UK College of Holistic Training which is a private UK
qualification. The college is accredited by the International Association for
The course is accredited by
The Institute for Meridian Psychotherapy
(which is linked to UKCHT) for professional development purposes (see
societies page for explanation).
This course is not
in itself a qualification in counselling or
psychotherapy. It is offered for educational and
professional development purposes.
This diploma is accepted by
Calamus International University (a
non-UK, private distance university with private accreditation) for credit towards
Please see our FAQs page for general information.
We reserve the right to change the syllabus and other details of any course at
To apply for this course
now, go to our Application page