Dr Elizabeth Day

Course Tutor and Research Supervisor, Professional Doctorate Systemic Practice

Elizabeth Day

In addition to being a course tutor and research supervisor on the Professional Doctorate in Systemic Practice at the University of Bedfordshire, I am also a qualified systemic psychotherapist and clinical supervisor.

I am registered with the Association for Family Therapy and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. My theoretical orientation is systemic social constructionist drawing on collaborative, dialogical and narrative theory with an emerging interest in new materialism as applied to professional practice and systemic practice research methodologies.

I have worked for many years as a family therapist in the NHS as well as in schools, hostels, and social services. I am keen to support research into professional practice which puts the voices of clients at the centre of the development of services.

I am also an artist, a writer, a trainer, a queer activist, a carer and someone who is living with cancer.

Current Employment

  • Course Tutor and Research Supervisor, Professional Doctorate Systemic Practice
  • Course Tutor, Systemic Supervision Course, Tavistock Centre
  • Family Therapist, Greenwich Psychology

Professional Activities

  • Reviewer for systemic practice journals.
  • Deputy Editor, Murmurations: Journal of Transformative Systemic Practice. www.murmurations.cloud


  • 1972 Diploma in Art and Design (Fine Art 1 - Painting), Chelsea School of Art
  • 1973 Art Teacher’s Certificate, Institute of Education, University of London
  • 1987 Diploma in Applied Social Studies and CQSW, Croydon College
  • 1993 Certificate in Training and Development, Institute of Training and Development and NELAC
  • 1995 NVQ level 4 Management BTEC
  • 1996 Certificate in Systemic Practice, Kensington Consultation Centre and University of Luton
  • 1998 Post Graduate Diploma in Systemic Therapy, Kensington Consultation Centre and University of Luton
  • 1998 Advanced Award in Social Work, CCETSW
  • 1999 MSc in Systemic Therapy. Kensington Consultation Centre and University of Luton
  • 2002 Post Graduate Diploma in Systemic Teaching Training and Supervision (DSTTS) (Distinction). University of Northumbria at Newcastle
  • 2015 Professional Doctorate in Systemic Practice. University of Bedfordshire

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • AFT Register of Systemic Psychotherapists and Supervisors
  • United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy
  • Voluntary Positions Held

Voluntary Positions Held

  • 1998 – 2000. Chair of the Association of Lesbian Gay and Bisexual Psychologies UK (ALGBP-UK)
  • 1998 – 2001. Chair of the Greater London Employers Association (GLEA) now Greater London Association (GLA) Employee Counselling and Welfare Network.
  • 2003 – 2014. Treasurer of the Southwark LGBT Network
  • 2006 – 2007. Staff Governor of Oxleas NHS Foundation Mental Health Trust
  • 2013 – 2017. Co-chair NVR UK
  • 2015 - Advisory Group Member, Healthwatch Southwark
  • 2017 - Treasurer NVR UK
  • 2017 - Member of the Guys Cancer Centre User Group
  • 2017 - Member of the South East London Cancer Research Panel

Selected Papers

  • Day, E. M. & Dooman, R. (1998). Helping Children Talk. Child Health Dialogue and AIDS Action. Issue 42.
  • Day, E.M. (1999). Workshop at the 4th Psychosocial Impact of AIDS Conference in Ottawa. Stories told by a group of African children affected by HIV.
  • Day, E. M., Hart, D. & Hamudji, B. (2000) Child Protection and HIV Good Practice guidelines www.lbhf.gov.uk/Council_Services/SSD/procedures/ pdfs/practiceguidelines6.pdf
  • Day, E.M., Dooman, R. & Jones, S. (2001) Poster presentation at the 5th Psychosocial Impact of AIDS Conference in Brighton. An Evaluation of a groupwork project with children affected by HIV.
  • Day, E. (2002). Mummy cheetah and her babies. Script adapted for Farm Radio.
  • Day, E. M. (2009). Using therapeutic letters. Context 101, pp 15-17.
  • Day, E., Heismann, E. & Spyrou M. (2007). Non-violent Resistance: guidelines for parents of children or adolescents with violent or destructive behaviours. Dartford: Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Day, E.M. & Heismann, E. (2010). Non-violent Resistance Programme. Hove: Pavilion Publishing.
  • Day, E. M. and Flores Acqueveque, G. (2014) Non-violent resistance: a community-group programme for Latin American families. Context, 132, pp 32-33.
  • Solarin, N., Cavanagh, L., Barrett, A., Khanom, N. & Day, E. (2015) Systemic Film Evenings. Context, 141, pp 23-24.
  • Day, E. M. (2017). ­Picturing the Graig: a rich portrait of the construction of loss and remembrance. Murmurations: Journal of Transformative Systemic Practice, 1 (1)67-78.

Selected Presentations

  • March 1999, Fair Treatment at Work. ALGBP Europe Annual Conference, Lesbians and Gay Men in the Workplace, Hamburg, Germany
  • 2003 Presentation during the Queer Keynote at the International Narrative Therapy and Community work conference, Liverpool.
  • First International NVR conference 7 & 8 April 2011, Greenwich
  • Plenary presentation, Elizabeth Day, Elisabeth Heismann and Oxleas NVR parents: Developing mutual support among parents - the multi-family group parent training programme at Oxleas Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.
  • Workshop, Elizabeth Day, Oxleas NHS Trust: Life-threatening situations - working with multidisciplinary systems to create positive outcomes.
  • Plenary Panel - main speakers, Haim Omer, Uri Weinblatt, Peter Jakob, Barbara Ollefs, Elizabeth Day and parent representatives discuss the delegates' feedback. Participating moderator: Jim Wilson
  • 2012 Individual interview in the DVD Oxleas NVR: conference films and interview
  • September 2013, Non-violent resistance: the performance of hope and resilience. AFT Conference, London, UK
  • July 2014, Non-violent resistance: living moments in the performance of hope and love. Systemic Gathering, Huntingdon, UK
  • November 2014, Messages from research. NVR UK conference, London UK
  • Presentation, February 2015, London AFT Cinema Evening, Exploring how genograms could be adapted to avoid privileging binary gender identities and heterosexual relationships.
  • November 2015, “We know more than we can tell” (Polanyi, 1966): using our creative abilities in research. First Systemic Research Conference. University of Bedfordshire.
  • May 2016, Association of Family Therapy Eileen Jamieson Memorial Workshop, New conversations about gender.
  • February 2017, Including the voice of the researcher in qualitative inquiry European Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Leuven, Belgium
  • April 2017, Do painters like people, and does it matter? Bedfordshire International Systemic Spring School, Lake District
  • July 2017, Performative autoethnography – managing uncertainty. London Association of Family Therapy AGM
  • February 2018, Creative Research slot: Becoming a carer, making space for multiple voices and connections. European Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Leuven, Belgium
  • February 2018, Write a paper in 45 minutes. European Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Leuven, Belgium
  • February 2018, Creating dialogical pop up spaces. European Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Leuven, Belgium
  • September 2018, Writing workshop. Association of Family Therapy Annual Conference, Manchester.

Contact details

E: elizabeth.day@beds.ac.uk


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