FTAI Statement on Ukraine

The Family Therapy Association of Ireland Executive committee wishes to stand with our European Family Therapy Association colleagues in condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine on the 21st of February 2022.

The suffering of innocent people on both sides, the displacement of millions and the catastrophic  loss of life, is an appalling violation of human rights and cannot be condoned by us.   We must stand  together as human citizens of this planet and act to assist those caught up in this devastating war. The  emotional and mental impact on all involved cannot be underestimated and it is imperative that we  oppose tyranny and support democracy at every opportunity, with a fervent wish for a speedy resolution to this awful conflict.

FTAI & AFT Joint Conference 28th January 2022

Booking is now open for the FTAI and AFT joint online conference to be held on the 28th January 2022.

Book early to avoid disappointment!

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·   A celebration of the collaborative working initiative between the Family Therapy Association of Ireland and the Association for Family Therapy & Systemic Practice in the UK

·      Personal Professional Development in Systemic Family Psychotherapy training and beyond

The event will be delivered via Zoom and the conference will also count towards CPD. Details of timetable and booking information can be accessed by clicking link below.

Code of Professional Conduct and Practice

Family therapists are subject to the code of professional conduct and practice of their professional body. They receive on-going supervision and development as part of their accreditation and a comprehensive complaints procedure is in place should any person wish to avail of it.

Please click on link below to see Code of Professional Conduct.

Code of Professional Conduct and Practice 2017

To be read in conjunction with


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 2019

– FTAI Application for Full Registered Member 2019

– STUDENT Application for Student Membership 2019

– 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