TWO STREAMS AVAILABLE | ALL 2 YEARS IN DURATION | MOSTLY ONLINE LIVE AND INTERACTIVE LEARNING WITH SOME FACE TO FACE INTENSIVES
**Applications have closed for the 2022 Core Programs**
It is required to have some engagement with Bowen family systems theory through prior FSI training or supervision.
This means having attended FSI seminars, conferences, reading groups or having had supervision from FSI faculty in your workplace. Only those who have done Bowen theory training at recognised Bowen network centres (e.g., The Bowen Centre Introductory course) are eligible to enter without having prior FSI training or supervision.
The following offerings are suitable training opportunities to build your knowledge of Bowen family systems theory:
- FSI Conference
- Systems in Ministry Symposium
Once you have completed a minimum of 6 hours FSI training, you may also choose to complete the following in-depth training prior to enrolling in a certificate program:
** Workshops, the Family of Origin Research Group and the Clinical Supervision Group count as credit towards certification. This means you can start to work towards the program requirements prior to enrolling.
It is also a requirement to have a workplace setting that provides relevant case examples for the Certificate stream you are enrolling in.
Advanced Certificate in Couple and Family Systems Therapy
The Advanced Certificate in Couple and Family Systems Therapy is accredited by the Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT) featuring training in relationship systems thinking and clinical application with individuals, couples and families. It is ideal for already practicing clinicians from various disciplines – including social work, psychology, psychiatry, occupational therapy, nursing – wanting to gain theory and practice experience in working with couples and families, moving towards certification as a clinical family therapist with the Australian Association of Family Therapy.
Certificate in Family Systems Theory & Application
The Certificate in Family Systems Theory and Application provides an opportunity for those wanting to integrate systems thinking in the relationships they are working – for example those in human resources, business, coaching, education, nursing, non-government agencies, family support, disability, drugs and alcohol and mental health. (For those not wanting a clinical family therapy component)
While applications for the core programs have closed, there are spaces available in a range of FSI groups and activities throughout the year which count as Recognised Prior Learning toward future applications to the core programs. All FSI Workshops, Reading Groups, Family of Origin Research Groups and FSI Clinical Supervision Groups completed up to 8 years prior to enrolment all count as Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) towards core programs. This allows opportunity for people to choose workshops they are interested in, and space out their learning by enrolling in one-off groups and programs that still count toward a core program.
The next intake for core programs will be for January 2023. Applications for the 2023 intake are open throughout the year and will close 30 September 2022.
Applications for the Advanced Certificate in Couple and Systems Family Therapy and the Certificate in Family Systems Theory and Application are welcome and places will be offered in November 2022 based on the following:
Amount of RPL points the candidate has at the time of application
The flexibility of the Family Systems Institute programs allows participants the opportunity to complete elements of the programs prior to enrolling in the 2 year core program. FSI Workshops, Reading Groups, Family of Origin Research Groups and FSI Clinical Supervision Groups all count as Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) towards the whole program. Applications are prioritised based on the amount of RPL a participant has completed at the time of application, which recognises their investment in their learning pathway over time. For example, someone who has completed a Family of Origin Research Group and 4 workshops (27 hours in total) at the time of application, will be prioritised over an applicant who has only attended 3 workshops (9 hours).
Date the application is received
In the case that candidates share the same number of RPL hours, applications are ordered in terms of date received.
Suitability of candidature.
A reference letter must support the suitability of candidature as outlined in the application form.
This recording is a great way to learn more about the core programs if you missed the information sessions earlier this year.
Responses to common questions regarding workload, assessments etc. for the three certificate programs are available.
Here is what previous graduates have said about the FSI Certificate program
Hear what some certificate members in their final year of participation had to say – the journey of learning to think for self.
(Jane Cooper, with comments from Lauren Errington, Anna Lloyd, Erla Newhouse & Ken Morgan)
View a breakdown of fees for the three core programs
Note: A number of program components can be done before registering and applied as recognised prior learning.
To find out more about the programs, please download an enquiry form and return by email to email@example.com
The next intake will be January 2022. Places are subject to availability. Timeline for applications:
- Application intake opens: Monday 6 September (AAFT people also need to submit their references).
- First round review of applications close: 27 September
- Respond to first round applications: 4 August
- Applications will then be reviewed on a case by case basis until closing date, 13 December.