College for Humanistic Sciences - ICPS


Master ir Systemic Psychotherapy

Course Details

Welcome to the website of the postgraduate programme in Systemic Psychotherapy!

The programme is offered at the College in collaboration with the School of Community Health and Midwifery of the State University of Central Lancashire and extends the range of Psychotherapy programmes we offer in Greece.

This pioneering one-year postgraduate programme combines theory, experiential education, placement and research application based on the principles of Systemic Psychotherapy, and it is the first UK Masters in a specific subject in our country.

General System Theory, as presented by Ludwig von Bertalanffy, found fertile ground in Psychotherapy, abolishing the notion of linear relationship and causality and shifting interest in studying the behavior and challenges faced by a person under the dimension of the system that surrounds it, in which it interacts (eg family) and develops relationships. Any change that occurs is no longer the result of the change of that particular member only, but the change of the basic operating characteristics of the system in which the member operates. This dimension unlocks a huged new potential for changing people's lives and successfully addressing the challenges they face.

The Masters in Systemic Psychotherapy is specifically designed to develop the skills required to apply the principles and methods of the Systemic Approach, both in cases of daily emotional stress and psychological distress. During the course of study, students will be trained in the basic principles of counselling and psychotherapy and subsequently in the principles of Systemic Psychotherapy and its application to specific population groups.

Inter alia, it covers:

  • The theory and findings that govern the application of Systemic Psychotherapy to people's daily lives.
  • Development of important counselling and psychotherapy skills in order to build a successful therapeutic relationship
  • Specialized training in the approach of psychopathology from the perspective of Systemic and Family Psychotherapy
  • Development of Advanced Skills in the Therapeutic Processes of the Systemic Approach: Individual Therapy, Couple Therapy, Group Therapy
  • Personal development and expanded self-awareness through experiential exposure and group work
  • Specializing in cases of divorce, mourning and loss, eating disorders, family violence and conflicts, life changes (eg unemployment).
  • Placement in organizations or with Professional Certified Psychotherapists of the Systemic Approach
  • Training in Systemic Psychotherapy research protocols


Moreover, important characteristics of the programme are:

  • Postgraduate programme with international recognition from the 5th largest University of England
  • Intensive and specialized Masters in Systemic Psychotherapy that simultaneously offers experiential and academic education.
  • Recognition in Greece, based on the provisions of Union Law, on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications as defined by law
  • An applied programme with placement, hands-on training and observation sessions at the ICPS Specialized One-Way Mirror Psychotherapy Laboratory
  • Interdisciplinary team of trainers with experience in counselling and psychotherapy, and certified by the European Association for Counselling, the European Association for Psychotherapy, and European Family Therapy Association
  • Flexible programme offered in full-time or part-time basis to be combined with other obligations


Entry Requirements


  • University degree, preferably in Psychology or a similar field (eg medical, nursing, social worker, sociologist etc).
  • English language comprehension of IELTS 6.5, or equivalent level. Those who have completed their graduate studies in English language are exempted
  • Successful completion of the selection process (interview and psychometric evaluation).
  • Applicants who have completed a graduate research thesis will be preferred
  • Two years of working experience are desirable, but not necessary
  • Very good knowledge (at first degree level) of Research & Methodology using SPSS. (Candidate who does not cover the criteria can attend a special intensive programme at ICP

COurse Structure

The programme consists of three parts. The first one includes lectures, experiential workshops and practical training that develop the general principles of counselling and psychotherapy, as well as methodology and research lectures. The second part consists of specialized lectures, seminars, experiential workshops and workshops aiming at the development of expanded skills in Systemic Psychotherapy. The third part includes placement and the conduct of quantitative or qualitative research targeting to emerge the effectiveness of Systemic Psychotherapy.

The subjects of postgraduate programme, inter alia, include:

  • Counseling and Psychotherapy in Practice: The Principles and Skills of a Successful Mental Health Professional.
  • Comparative study and understanding of psychotherapeutic approaches in the spectrum of daily challenges up to psychological maladaptation.
  • Systemic Counselling & Psychotherapy: From Theory to the Applied Approach.
  • Psychopathology, Diagnosis and Systemic Psychotherapeutic Intervention 
  • Systemic Psychotherapy: Chronic and Terminal Illness, Abuse and Aggression, Depression and Anxiety, LGBTQIA Issues, Infertility, Family Conflicts, Problematic Child Behaviors, Divorce and Separation, Family Abuse etc.
  • The Solution-Focused Therapy tools in Systemic Psychotherapy
  • Personal development, self-assessment and supervision as professional tools
  • Principles and application of critical and systematic retrospect and research protocols applicable to Systemic Psychotherapy
  • Professional and ethical issues related to different contexts and differentiated groups and needs
  • Work and goal achievement in interdisciplinary team


Academic Assessment:

Academic evaluation in this postgraduate programme includes a variety of methods: assignments, presentations, exams, self-assessment and personal development reports, role play, etc.

Entry Requirements

  • You will gain multifaceted knowledge, skills and experience in topics such as systemic psychotherapy interventions in different groups of the population.
  • You will be distinguished by having one of the few Postgraduate degrees in Systemic Psychotherapy in Greece
  • You will contribute to the development of the Systemic Psychotherapy application through pioneering research
  • You will study in the highly specialized College with 30 years of experience in the field of Psychology
  • You will be trained by a multidisciplinary team of professionals with great experience in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • You will be awarded recognized postgraduate title that will open you doors in Greece and abroad
  • You will be a member of ICPS family and the 5th largest University of England


The programme aims at developing knowledge and skills that will make the graduate competitive not only in the Greek but also in the international labor market.

Graduates take up positions at: 

  • Mental health organizations
  • Detoxification organizations
  • Organizations supporting vulnerable groups
  • Organizations offering counselling services to vulnerable groups
  • NGO providing services to refugees
  • Schools, counselling centers and business settings
  • Human Resources management departments


Of course, another activity for graduates of the programme is the exercise of the profession by providing psychological and psychotherapeutic services. 
The programme also gives the graduate an advantage to continue his education and obtain the European Certificate of Psychotherapy from the European Association for Psychotherapy. 


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