Kieran Vivian-Byrne M.Sc.

Senior Lecturer in Psychotherapy
The Family Institute
University of South Wales
Phone: +44(0)1443 483847

Kieran is a Senior Lecturer in Psychotherapy and registered as a Psychotherapist with the UK Council for Psychotherapy. He joined the team at The Family Institute (at what was the University of Glamorgan) in 2004. This is now the University of South Wales. He teaches on the range of training courses in Counselling and Psychotherapy offered at the Institute and is the Award Leader for the BSc (Hons) Systemic Counselling programme.

In the 1980s Kieran worked in spiritual and faith retreat work in Ireland. He studied at the Mount Oliver Institute (Co. Louth) and the Grubb Institute (London) where he was introduced to Narrative and Systemic ideas. He trained in Social Work in London and from there moved to and settled in South Wales in 1994 where he developed his interest in working with children and families in need of protection within their communities, and children in the Looked After system. He trained as a Systemic Psychotherapist at the Family Institute and has been practicing as a therapist and supervisor since 2000.

Kieran has presented workshops and published articles on a range of subjects which include working with looked after children; use of language in therapy; education and training; and ethics.

Kieran consults to a range of practitioners and organisations working in health, education and social services work and is especially interested in reflexivity and its relationship with the development of communities of practice within and between organisations which sustain workers towards generative practices and promote well being with their clients and one another. Much of this work is done in reflective forums and collaborative practice groups.

Kieran is a musician and composer and plays a variety of instruments (though usually not at the same time). He is a poet and illustrator. He is married to Sue and has a daughter Hannah and son Ronan.