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Intercultural Systemic Work with Families

Intercultural Systemic Work with Families


Published on 17 May 2024

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A ground-breaking, international collaboration between Cedar Create, HAYAA Network and IIMMHFT, launching a new training initiative in 2025

Course details

This innovative, online one-year foundation course comprises 24 x half days of teaching between January and December 2025.

The programme will be delivered by experienced international teachers from around the world and will meet the criteria for Association for Family Therapy (AFT) accreditation as a foundation in family therapy in the UK (seeking accreditation in 2026) and would therefore be the first year of the full four-year training as a family therapist.

Teaching will take place on Zoom from 08:30-12:30 GMT.

Course content

The training provides participants with the platform to deliberate, interact, explore, review and challenge ideas around cross-cultural practices. Participants will also be introduced to ideas and concepts that can facilitate and enhance a culturally responsive practice. This course will help to broaden the definition, practice and responses towards developing a more systemic view of culture.

Trainers will pay acute attention to their experiences of working with minoritised communities. The course will encourage participants to interact and intra-act with their own cultures, and that of others.


At the end of the course, the participants will learn:

  • To develop a systemic relationship with culture
  • To have an intercultural understanding of systemic theory and practice
  • To identify cultural biases in practice
  • To instil culture of humility and empathy in social work and mental health practice
  • To cultivate and co-construct culturally caring responsive environment within their practice contexts
  • To learn and be inspired from others around the world working in similar contexts

The course is suitable for

Attendees should have a degree or have completed training in working with families. We welcome professionals working in mental health, social care, education, religious and pastoral related fields. There is no requirement to hold a core profession, but applications are particularly welcome from those already qualified as social workers, family therapist, psychologist, nurses etc who wish to enhance their intercultural practice. There are protected places for international trainees from Singapore and Malaysia, as well as the UK and the wider global community.

There are limited spaces available on this course and it is a unique international collaboration that we envisage will be very popular. If you are interested, please submit your expression of interest as soon as possible.

International teachers and contributors

Prof. Dr. Siti Aishah Hassan

Professor, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Prof. Hannah Sherbersky 

Associate Professor, University of Exeter and CEO, Association for Family Therapy (AFT), UK

Professor Divine Charura

Professor of Counselling Psychology, York St John University, UK

Rehma Said

Psychotherapist systemic supervisor and tutor, University of Exeter, UK

Maimunah Mosli

Executive Director, Clinical Consultant and Psychotherapist, Hayaa’ Network, Singapore

Fajariah Saban

Director, Clinical Consultant and Psychotherapist, Hayaa’ Network, Singapore

Yang Yang Teh

Family Psychotherapist, Reconnect Psychology & Family Therapy, Singapore

Reenee Singh

Consultant Family & Couples Systemic Psychotherapist, Director, London Intercultural Couples Centre, UK

More guest lecturers to be announced…

Course Fees

This course will cost £1900 / $3200 per person. Payment plans are available.

You can submit your expression of interest via this form. If you have any questions, please email Laura Hitt – Innovation and Partnerships Manager at Cedar Create, University of Exeter – on createprojects-cedar@exeter.ac.uk.

Here is a downloadable flyer: Intercultural systemic work with families – flyer