Training Pathways

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Counsellor, Clinician OR Mental Health Worker

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.

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The Certificate in Family Systems Theory and Application is a 2-year training program featuring training in a Bowen Family Systems Theory approach to thinking about self in relationship systems.

It provides a rich opportunity for those wanting to integrate systems thinking in the relationships they are working with in broad contexts – for example those in mental health, ministry, health, education, nursing, executive coaching, family business, HR, family support, disability, drugs and alcohol. It includes the same in-depth theory components to the Advanced Certificate program but is not accredited by AAFT and does not include the broader family therapy modules and clinical supervision groups.

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Our Systems in Ministry programs aim to promote systems thinking in diverse Christian ministry contexts that aids in the development of mature ministry workers who engage in fruitful and sustainable ministries.

We do this by growing our understanding of ourselves amidst our relationship complexities while equipping others to do the same.

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Introduction to Bowen Theory: Lunchtime Reading and Discussion Group

If you’re not sure where to start with thinking about family systems theory, our Introduction to Bowen Theory Group is an excellent way to hear some more about systems thinking, have some guided reading provided, and opportunity to ask questions and discuss ideas with others. This low-cost, low-commitment group runs over six 1-hour sessions and is a popular entry point to the FSI and family systems ideas more broadly. Find out more.


Workshops and Reading Groups

FSI Workshops and Reading Groups are open to anyone and a stimulating way to engage with family systems ideas around a particular topic or theme. Workshops draw on key family systems ideas and are led by experienced trainers and clinicians who aim to present their own thinking about the application of family systems theory in practice in clinical, workplace or other contexts. Find out more about the workshops currently on offer here.


Individual, team and group family systems supervision

In addition to our clinical supervision groups, the FSI provides external supervision (online or in person) for organisations and teams interested in the application of systems thinking to their particular work or organisational context, including:

  • Mental health services
  • Counselling practices
  • Not for profit organisations
  • Leadership teams
  • Ministry groups

Find out more about organisational supervision here.


Those seeking individual supervision are are encouraged to make use of our family systems practitioners list to find a suitable family systems supervisor and make contact with them directly. In addition to the Family Systems Practice which has a range of family systems counsellors and supervisors on team, many FSI trainers and supervisors have their own practice and offer family systems supervision as part of their service.

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