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2012 Family Institute Clinical Supervisors Qualification
2010 Postgraduate Certificate in Education for Health and Social Care Professionals
2001 MSc in Family Therapy (Distinction) (University of Wales)
2001 Registration with the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy as a Systemic Psychotherapist
2001 Advanced Award in Social Work granted by the Care Council for Wales.
1998 Intermediate Certificate in Family Therapy – applying systemic ideas in a work setting. (The Family Institute Cardiff)
1983 MSW (CQSW, qualification in Social Work)
1977 Bsc Hons Psychology University of Nottingham


Mary is a Senior Lecturer in Psychotherapy, and a Systemic Psychotherapist registered with the UK Council for Psychotherapy, providing a therapeutic service to the public as well as teaching on the Family Institute’s courses. She is also a qualified Social Worker.
Mary is experienced in providing therapy to individuals (children and adults), couples and families, and consultation to individual professionals and teams. She has a particular interest in the interplay between gendered practices and power, and the impact of this dynamic in all areas of her life; as educator, psychotherapist, partner, daughter, mother, sister, friend and colleague.
Mary brings social constructionist ideas to her practices as teacher and therapist, where she is interested in creating relational contexts that facilitate students in discovering their own way through the myriad of theory and practices associated with counselling and psychotherapy.


Mary has worked in the University since 2007, and is a committed participant in the provision by The Family Institute of an independent psychotherapy service, unique in the region in providing a direct access service to the public. She has involved in teaching on all the undergraduate and postgraduate counselling and psychotherapy programmes run by The Family Institute, which include a qualifying level psychotherapy training involving live supervision of a team of trainee Systemic Psychotherapists.
Prior to qualifying as a Systemic Psychotherapist in 2000, Mary worked for more than 20years as a Social Worker with considerable experience in Child Care and Mental Health work. She has worked in various contexts: residential, field and Child and Adolescent Mental Health settings, and provided training for social workers, prior to working in Higher Education.


Part of The Family Institute team which provide a clinical/therapeutic/consultative service for individuals, couples, families and organisations.
Tutor on all of the Family Institute courses MSc in Systemic Psychotherapy, MSc Systemic Counselling and BSc (Hons) Systemic Counselling


• Jones Fiona, Morris Mary & Thomas Sue (2003) ‘Integrating Client Feedback into Practice’ Context 2003
• Jones, Fiona & Morris Mary (2007) ‘Working with child sexual abuse. A systemic perspective on whether children need to tell their therapist details of their abuse for healing to take place’ Journal of Family Therapy 29(3)
• ‘Extending exploration on the word, the practice and the community.’ (2008) Workshop Presentation with Ariana Faris & Karina Russell at the AFT Cymru Branch meeting
• Predicting the unpredictable in systemic therapy training – co-creating Authentic Learning. Presentation with Kieran Vivian-Byrne & Billy Hardy (2009) at the 5th Training Institutes Chamber of the European Family Therapy Association conference in Krakow Poland. 2009
• ‘Systemic ideas for working in Educational Psychology’ (2009) Educational Psychology Conference, Cardiff University. Two workshops with Billy Hardy
• ‘Developing a coherent sense of self under pressure of being a looked after child.’ (2010) Workshop presentation with Fiona Jones at the All Wales Psychotherapy Network 8th Annual conference: Resilience and Recovery, 2010
• ‘Co-construction of ‘self and team’ in live and simulated supervisory, therapeutic and learning practices- a practicing of ‘with-ness’ in approaching EDIN’ (2011) Presentation with Kieran Vivian-Byrne & Billy Hardy at the 6th Training Institutes Chamber of the European Family Therapy Association conference in Brussels, 2011
• Mary Morris (2012) ‘Mud Pools and Daisies: Using the CMM Daisy to aid decision making in live training supervision’ Context Feb 2012
• ‘No Fit State – Working on the Edge of Boundaries’ (2014) Workshop presentation with Jeff Faris, Kieran Vivian-Byrne and Billy Hardy at the Taos Institute Conference, Beyond the Therapeutic State in Norway 2014


• Member of the Association of Family Therapy and Systemic Practitioners.
• Registered Psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy
• Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
• Associate of the Taos Institute


• Staff member of the Professional Advisory Board 2006 to present
• Member of the Registration Committee of The Association of Family Therapy and Systemic Practitioners
• Chair of The Confederation of Family Therapy Training Institutes


Areas of research interest include:
Clinical Responsibility as it is enacted within a training and live supervisory context.
Consultation and therapeutic work with Looked After Children and their caring systems.
Gender perspectives in therapeutic relationships

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