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2012 Qualification in Clinical Supervision at The Family Institute
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.
1995 Intermediate Certificate in Family Therapy – applying systemic ideas in a work setting. (The Family Institute Cardiff)
1994 Introduction to Family Therapy. (The Family Institute Cardiff)
1991 Dip. App. Soc. Studies (West London Institute of Higher Ed.)
1991 C.Q.S.W. (Qualification in Social Work)
1986 Dip. Rel. Ed. (Adult Education Diploma) Maynooth University
1981 B.Soc.Sc. (Hons) University College Dublin
1975 &1978 Intermediate and Leaving Certificates (Ireland) – honours.


Kieran works at The Family Institute He is a Senior Lecturer in Psychotherapy, and is a UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) registered Consultant Systemic Psychotherapist. He is a qualified Social Worker (Advanced Award in Social Work) with considerable experience in Child Protection and Child and Adolescent Mental Health work. He has practiced in Voluntary, Private, and Public Service settings.

He is experienced in providing therapy and consultation to individuals (children or adults), couples, families, teams and organisations and other communities. His practice is steeped in Systemic and Social Constructionist theories and as a musician and poet he draws on Narrative, Spiritual and Artistic traditions to inform all aspects of his work.

Main Teaching Areas

  • Psychotherapy and Counselling with individuals, couples and families.
  • Therapeutic Relatedness.
  • Use of the self of the therapist/counsellor in the therapeutic relationship.
  • Consultation to individuals and organisations.
  • Working in Teams.
  • Working with Communities (of interest, residence, organisation etc.).
  • Systemic Practice and its various applications.
  • Communicating with the child/children in context.
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Systems as Linguistic systems.


  • 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 BSc (Hons) Systemic Counselling, MSc Systemic Counselling and MSc in Systemic Psychotherapy
  • Course Leader and teacher for the BSc (Hons) Systemic Counselling.
  • Co-editor of Dysgu: The Family Institute Review


Brennan Nano, Byrne Kieran (1986) The Gerasene Demoniac – Dramatic presentation of a Text. Mount Oliver Review. Vol 1. No. 3.
Vivian- Byrne Kieran (1997) The Story so far… Context 31, Summer 1997.

Steed, Liz, Vivian-Byrne Kieran, & Jones Tessa (1998) Crossing Over: 7th International Conference of Family Therapy in Israel. Context 38, August 1998

Vivian-Byrne Kieran (2002) Heart to heart with ‘looked after’ children – consultation in formation. Context 64, December 2002.

Vivian-Byrne Kieran (2003) Power in practice: kissing the stone. Context 65, February 2003.

Vivian-Byrne, Kieran (2004) Poetry in Mind. Context 75 2004.

Cox, B., Hardy, B., Faris, J and Vivian-Byrne K. (2005) Excuse me, Gianfranco you left this behind…some ideas and influences. Human Systems: The Journal of Systemic Consultation and Management Vol 16 2005

Faris J., Vivian-Byrne K. and Cox,B. (2005) Underhearing, Overstanding, Spelling Silence and Sound in the Hidden Art of Listening in Psychotherapy. AFT Conference Bristol 9-11 September (published abstract).

Vivian-Byrne, Kieran (2005) Therapeutic work with children – systemic ways means systemic means. The Psychotherapist Issue 27 Autumn 2005

Vivian-Byrne K., Lomas H. (2006) Approaching Care Together. Context 87. October 2006

Vivian-Byrne K., Lomas H. (2007) Approaching Care Together – A compass to guide us. International Journal of Art Therapy: Inscape. Vol.12 No. 2.

Vivian-Byrne K. Hardy B (2008) With Within and Between – Creating a learning-in-practice community in multi-disciplinary contexts. Paper presentation at the 8th International PEPE Conference Edinburgh.

Vivian-Byrne K., Hardy B. & Faris J. (2008) With Within and Between

Vivian-Byrne K., (2008) Reflections on systemic therapy – all in the mind of a nomad Context 100. December 2008

Vivian-Byrne K. (2009) Authentic Learning Clinics First year student experience Wales – a Practice Guide Higher Education Academy Publication
Westlake M. & Vivian-Byrne K (2011) Tuning in at Reception – dialogue on the threshold Context 113 February 2011

Vivian-Byrne K & Hunt J. (2014) Ethical Decision Making – social metaphors towards ethical action Journal of Systemic Therapies Volume 33, Number 1, Spring 2014

Vivian-Byrne K. and Hardy B. (2014) Moving Beyond the Pale Thresholds of Change and Transformation in Training and Therapy Human Systems: The Journal of Therapy, Consultation & Training Vol 25 Issue 2 pp223-234

Vivian-Byrne K. and Hardy B. (Editors) Dysgu: The Family Institute Review
Volume 1, 2007; Volume 2, 2008; Volume 3, 2009; Volume 4, 2010; Volume 5, 2011; Volume 6, Special Edition 2012, Volume 7, 2013.


  • Registered as a Supervisor with the Association of Family Therapy and Systemic Practioners
  • Member of the Association of Family Therapy and Systemic Practitioners.
  • Registered Psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy
    *Member of the United Kingdom Association for Solution Focused Practice
    *Member of the TAOS Institute


  • Staff member of the Professional Advisory Board 2004 to the present.
  • Family Institute Representative – The Confederation of Family Therapy Training Institutes.
  • External Examiner to the MSc programme at The Institute of Family Therapy (London) University of Bedfordshire.


• Consultation to Social Services Children’s Community Homes (Maesteg, Cartrefle, Ty Afon and Pant Morfa) in Bridgend County 1998 – 2002.
• Consultation to Ysgol Bryn Castell, Bridgend (as part of the Hiraeth Project) 1998 – 2002.
• Consultation to On Track Project, Maesteg 2002-04.
• Consultation to Foster Care Associates – Cymru ‘Approaching Care Together’ project 2004-2008
• Consultation to Brynawel House on the development of a Families Counselling Service.
• Consultation to Psychologists, Social workers, Nurses, and Counsellors working in various settings within the Health Service, Education, Social Services, Private companies and Voluntary organisations. 2009 – present
• Consultation to Family Consultation Service – Learning Disability Services, Aneurin Bevan Health Authority – Ystrad Mynach. 2011 – present.
• Consultation to community project ‘Ecodysgu’ Tondu, Bridgend. 2010 – 2012


  • Children in the Looked After System
  • The therapeutic/consultation relationship in context
  • ‘Communities’ in their various forms as networks of hope
  • Authentic Learning Clinics as a form of professional eduation.
  • Action Inquiry

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