Family therapy

Why study Family therapy?

We offer postgraduate coursework programs in Family Therapy for those with qualifications and experience in related disciplines. Our courses focus on contemporary theory and practice and produce graduates who are able to maintain effective therapeutic relationships and client outcomes across a range of clients and settings.

Our Masters program in family therapy offers a solid grounding in systems theory and experiential work in supervised clinical practice. This course is ideal for psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, youth workers, drug and alcohol counsellors, psychiatric nurses or workers from professions such as teaching and general nursing who want a change of career.

As a La Trobe graduate you may be eligible for our 10% Alumni Advantage when you apply for a full-fee postgraduate coursework program.

Career opportunities

Family therapy graduates may work as a family therapist and counsellor or teacher and supervisor in family therapy.

Courses

Local students

2017

Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy

Duration :
1 year part-time
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Campus:
Other
Year
2017
About this course
This course is ideal if you would like to enhance your skills in dealing professionally with families - in education, nursing, welfare, family support, child protection, disability, drugs and alcohol, residential care and mental health. Youll be encouraged to relate theory and practice to your own work settings.

We offer a basic grounding in family therapy theory as well as experiential work in small groups. Graduates may be eligible to progress to the Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy and/or the Master of Clinical Family Therapy.

For more information please visit The Bouverie Centre or see the Full Course Details link below.
Professional recognition
Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy may apply for membership with the Australian Association of Family Therapists (AAFT). Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Prerequisite
Undergraduate degree in any field but preferably in counselling, health or welfare. Completion of the Bouverie Centre's Introduction to Family Therapy workshop [DOCX 171KB] is highly recommended.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Fee amount
$17,000 per 120 credit points.
Costs
Please see our Fee Help Document [DOCX 197KB] for information on costs.
Additional information
There are two streams available. One is primarily online, the other is delivered face-to-face at The Bouverie Centre, Brunswick.

Please ensure the Supplementary Application Form [PDF 275KB], certified academic transcripts and other relevant documents as listed on the checklist [PDF 302KB], are uploaded to your online application.
How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 1, 2017. Applications close on 31 October. Late applications may be accepted. To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:

- ask us a question
- book a one-on-one consultation
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.

See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Family Therapy (Graduate Certificate)Melbourne

Master of Clinical Family Therapy

Duration :
2-3 years part-time.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Campus:
Other
Year
2017
About this course
This course provides training in family therapy with a focus on supervision of family work and integrating family therapy theory. Its ideal for psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, youth workers, drug and alcohol counsellors, psychiatric nurses or workers from other professions who are suitably qualified and want to focus strictly on family therapy counselling.

It offers a solid grounding in systems theory and ample experiential work, including supervised clinical practice in a family therapy context in teams of no more than six students.

Family therapy focuses on the important role of the family and the power of relationships to foster social, emotional and mental wellbeing.

Please note that because The Bouverie Centre will be changing its university affiliation in the near future we will not be taking enrolments for 2017 for our Level 1 entry into the Master of Clinical Family Therapy. Students who enrol in the Graduate Certificate will cover the same material and may be then eligible to apply for second year entry into the Masters Program in 2018.
Professional recognition
Graduates of the Master of Clinical Family Therapy may apply for membership with the Australian Association of Family Therapists (AAFT). Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Prerequisite
Year 1 entry* (no admissions for 2017, see information under Graduate Certificate)
Undergraduate degree or equivalent in a counselling, health, community or welfare field.
Year 2 entry* (accepting admissions for 2017)
Four-year degree in a related discipline, or a bachelor degree plus an approved fourth year of study, and have at least two years' experience working with families as a case manager or a family counsellor (or can substantiate equivalence) may also apply for entry at the second level of this course. Note: this cohort will be required to complete Bouverie's four-day Introduction to Family Therapy workshop [DOCX 171KB] (or equivalent or a Graduate Certificate in Family Sensitive Practice or equivalent.
and a three-year degree in a related discipline.
Year 3 entry* (accepting admissions for 2016)
Previous graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Family Therapy:

* Whilst studying, you must be working within a counselling or therapy role with a caseload of at least 5 clients at any one time, particularly at Levels 2 and 3. A portion of these cases can be individual or couples but you must be working with at least one family at any one time and be working in a context that will support further family work. This can either be a paid or voluntary position. Applicants must be a current Working with Children Check cardholder.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Fee amount
$19,250 per 120 credit points.
Costs
Please see our Fee Help Document [DOCX 197KB] for information on costs.
Additional information
The Master of Clinical Family Therapy is taught at The Bouverie Centre in Brunswick.

Please ensure the Supplementary Application Form [PDF 275KB], certified academic transcripts and other relevant documents as listed on the checklist [PDF 302KB], are uploaded to your online application.
How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 1, 2017. Applications close on 31 October. Late applications may be accepted.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- book a one-on-one consultation
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045 or 9385 5112.

See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Clinical Family Therapy (Master)Other

How to apply?

Methods of application vary from course to course. Please see the course entry above for details of how to apply for the course you are interested in.

Fees and scholarships

Some postgraduate courses are fee-paying which means that you pay the full cost of the course (FEE-HELP is available). Others offer Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) – where the Commonwealth Government subsidises the cost of your course and you pay a contribution (HECS-HELP is available).

Students enrolled for certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student income support.

You may be eligible for a Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship, which offers a 20% reduction on postgraduate course fees.

International students

No courses available

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Your study experience

Family therapy placements

Clinical experience in family work and family therapy is an important aspect of all Bouverie courses. You are required to secure some opportunity to practice with families. At level 1 (Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy) this can consist of some working relationship with at least 2 families on an ongoing basis. At levels 2 (Graduate Diploma) and 3 (Masters) you are required to be have a counselling caseload of at least 5 at any one time. A proportion of these cases can be individuals or couples but you must be working with at least 1 family at any one time and be working in a context that supports further family work. This can be either paid or voluntary. If you anticipate difficulty with this please talk to us about the possibility of our clinical practice groups.Further information is also available at The Bouverie Centre website.

.

Clinical Practice Groups

Clinical practice groups are an initiative by The Bouverie Centre designed to give trainees an opportunity to observe and participate in systemic practice with. This group would assist students unable to access family work in other contexts to fulfil some of the course requirements. Each group comprises up to six participants and a supervisor who is a qualified family therapist. Members meet weekly for a block of four hours during the academic semester and aim to see two families during this time. Participation in the group is a graduated process beginning with the observation of the supervisor working with families and ultimately progressing to participants themselves taking responsibility for the sessions if and when the supervisor assesses their readiness for this stage. The rest of the group acts as a reflecting team.

Please note that participation in this group satisfies only the requirement of seeing a minimum of one family at any one time. It is required that students will be also seeing at least couples and/or individuals in other contexts. Participation in a clinical practice group is in addition to the Masters training program and as such a fee is payable for this activity. Please note that the offering of these groups is dependent on numbers. Contact Susan Conduit on 9385 5112 for further details.

Course Co-ordinators

Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy

Colleen Cousins +61 3 9385 5100

Master of Clinical Family Therapy

Robyn Elliott +61 3 9385 5100

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. You can view all the staff from the College of Science, Health and Engineering or focus on staff in Family therapy.