Family Therapy

Level: Professional Development

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Family Therapy to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit
  • Be eligible to become a member of AHCP (Association of Complementary Practitioners)

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

A dysfunctional family is defined as one that is consistently unable to provide a safe and nurturing environment. Through its maladaptive behaviours, this family develops a set of restrictions that inhibit the social and emotional growth of its members. The healthy family, on the other hand, provides safety and nurturing for its members and assists them in their development by setting firm but reasonable limits. An invaluable course for any counsellor interested in this field.


  • Lesson One
    • Dysfunctional Families Explained
      • Early Studies
      • The Seven Stages
      • Introducing the ‘Rules’
      • The Dysfunctional Family as a System
  • Lesson Two
    • The Rules of Dysfunction
      • Rigidity
      • Silence
      • Denial
      • Isolation
      • Recovery
      • Elements of Change
  • Lesson Three
    • Recovery – the Therapeutic Process
      • First Contact
      • Adolescents
      • Presence of Children
      • Joining
      • Seating as Diagnosis
      • Joint Diagnostic Interview
      • Family Intervention
      • Promoting Individuality
  • Lesson Four
    • Dealing with Feelings
      • The Programme
  • Lesson Five
    • Moving On – Emotional Intimacy
      • The Four Dimensions
  • Lesson Six
    • The Family and the Healing Process
      • Empathy
      • Dialogue
      • Behavioural Change

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.