Standards, Registration, Accreditation

The FTAI is registered with the European Association of Psychotherapy and is affiliated with the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP). We set the standards for training, accredit training programmes and register those family therapists whose submissions meet our criteria

Criteria for Registration as Family Therapist
FTAI Application for Full Registered Member

  • Student Application Form
  • Application Form for Registration as a Supervisor
  • Final Supervisors Criteria ratified 20th May 2010
  • What is Family Therapy & Counselling?

    Family Therapy looks at the individual in the context of their relationships and social milieu rather than in isolation.

    The Context of Relationships and Family

    Systemic Family Therapy, also known as Couple or Family Therapy, is a means of intervention that attempts to understand and address human beings’ pain and distress within the context in which it occurs i.e. the family or relationship environment.

    This therapeutic approach does not isolate an individual patient, but rather it takes account of the family as an organic whole, whatever form that family group might take.

    Clients are facilitated to make sense of their lives and difficulties in the context of their family formation and functioning.

    Enhance Communications

    Family therapy aims to enhance communication between family members and to cultivate the independence of the individual within the family. It avoids apportioning blame.

    Focus on the Here and Now

    The primary focus is on the present rather than the past and the objective is to promote action towards change so that the distress of the family can be alleviated.

    Family therapy may involve entire families with parents and their young or adult children. It may involve some members of a family or couples.

    How we make sense of our Life

    This form of psychotherapy understands that emotional, psychological and interpersonal problems arise within the context of how people experience their life – how they make sense of reality and in their patterns of social engagement and exchange.

    The therapist and client together seek to understand both how these patterns arise and how they are maintained; they do this through discussion, reflection and exploration in session and between sessions.

    There may be more than one client involved in this process. This usually provides other options in making sense of one’s situation and generates greater choice in how to respond and relate.

    Young People

    In focusing on the wider system, Family Therapy is well placed to work with families in difficulty, particularly young children and adolescents.

    Systemic processes point to the fact that children’s difficulties are, whenever possible, best addressed in the context of the family.

    Systemic Family Therapy also facilitates the family’s understanding of any local factors that may impact on their difficulties, for example, issues associated with areas of deprivation such as poverty and drugs.

    What We Do

    We represent over 300 family therapists on the island of Ireland, all of whom have successfully completed an FTAI Accredited training programme.

    This accreditation is dependent on our members having gained their basic qualification in a full-time, three-year programme from a nationally-accredited third level educational institution, followed by a four year training in Family Therapy currently available in the Clanwilliam Institute and the Mater Hospital in Dublin.

    These FTAI Accredited programmes consists of four essential components: Theory, Supervised Clinical Practice, Personal Professional Development and Research.

    Who We Are

    The Family Therapy Association of Ireland FTAI is the professional organisation which represents family therapy and therapists in Ireland.

    We connect those who seek the professional services of a family therapist with our qualified, experienced, practicing therapists.

    The FTAI is a registering body, with a code of ethics that sets professional standards in order to encourage and maintain best practice among therapists and provide clients and patients with the confidence and reassurance that their therapist is well-trained and experienced.
    Below please find a list of issues addressed:

     Abuse Issues
     Addictions
     Adolescent/Teenager problems
     Anger Management
     Anxiety
     Bereavement & Feelings associated with loss
     Business Consultancy
     Coping with Illness/Disability
     Couples Work
     Depression
     Eating Disorders
     Family Work
     Gender Issues
     Mental Health Issues
     Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
     Phobias
     Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
     Relationship Issues
     Self-Harm
     Separation Issues
     Sexuality Issues
     Trauma Issues

    Home Page Snippets

    SPECIALIST INTEREST LIST

     Abuse Issues

     Addictions
     Adolescent/Teenager problems
     Anger Management
     Anxiety
     Bereavement & Feelings associated with loss
     Business Consultancy
     Coping with Illness/Disability
     Couples Work
     Depression
     Eating Disorders
     Family Work
     Gender Issues
     Mental Health Issues
     Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
     Phobias
     Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
     Relationship Issues
     Self-Harm
     Separation Issues
     Sexuality Issues
     Trauma Issues

    What We Do

    Family therapists work with the person(s) in the context of their whole lives and take into account a persons relationships, internal dialogue, history, work and social settings.

    The aim is to assist the person, couple or family to come to their own satisfactory understandings or actions that will allow them to manage whatever issue troubles them.

    While family therapists operate mostly on a brief therapy basis, many people choose medium to long-term therapy and it is common for people to re-connect for short periods at specific points in their lives.

    The sessions are client led – and the therapist aims to engage the client in a conversation that offers the person, couple or family alternative stories or descriptions to the perhaps ‘stuck’ or ‘pathological’ one they currently find themselves in.

    The current Executive Committee of the FTAI is as follows:

    Executive Committee of the FTAI 2018

    Patricia Scully-                   Chairperson
    Mary Scully-                 Vice-Chair
    Lana Galkovskaja            
    Deirdre Hayes
    Ann Marie Burke
    Samantha McGarry
    Michelle Waters
    Maura Layden
    Bruce Sleeman