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.


 

Career opportunities

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

Courses

Local students

2014

Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy

Duration :
1 year part-time
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Campus:
Other
Year
2014
Course description
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.

Please note: further professional supervision and broader training is required
for accreditation with the Australian Association of Family Therapy as a family therapist.

For more information please visit The Bouverie Centre or see the Full Course Details link below.
Professional recognition
Graduates are eligible for associate membership with the Australian Association of Family Therapists (AAFT). Please note: Completion of the Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy or the Master of Clinical Family Therapy or an equivalent course (plus further professional supervision) is required for full clinical membership.
Prerequisite
Undergraduate degree in any field but preferably in counselling, health or welfare. Completion of the Bouverie Centre's Introduction to Family Therapy workshop is highly recommended.
Fee amount
Indicative (2013): $6285 (60 credit points).
Costs
Please see our Fee Help Document 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.

How to apply
Apply from August 2014 to start this course in 2015. Or register for updates now.

You'll need to download and complete the Supplementary Form and upload it with your online application.

Please use our Check List to ensure you have submitted all documentation.

You can also ask us a question or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
Full course details
Family Therapy (Grad Certificate)Melbourne

Graduate Certificate in Narrative Therapy

Duration :
1 year part-time.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Campus:
Other
Year
2014
Course description
This course explores central concepts of narrative therapy theory and its use with individuals, couples, groups, families and communities. You'll be encouraged to relate the teaching to your own work or area of interest and to develop your own style of narrative practice.

In this part-time, one-year certificate, you'll learn the concepts that underpin narrative therapy, including post-structuralism and narrative theory. Subjects include Externalising the Problem, Re-authoring, Re-membering and Outsider Witnessing.

We have strong links with many significant narrative therapy training practitioners and organisations who contribute guest speakers and lecturers to our teaching and enrich the student experience.

For more information please visit The Bouverie Centre, or see Full Course details below.
Prerequisite
Undergraduate degree in any field, but preferably in a counselling, health or welfare field. Special consideration may be given to candidates without an undergraduate degree who have worked in and significantly contributed to the health, welfare or education field for a substantial period. Students are required to be able practice the narrative techniques being taught for a minimum of 4 hours per week. This can be done in a paid or volunteer work, in therapy, casework or other client contact.
Fee amount
Indicative (2013): $6285 (60 credit points).
Costs
Please see our Fee Help Document for information on costs.
Additional information
The Graduate Certificate in Narrative Therapy is taught at The Bouverie Centre in Brunswick.
How to apply
Apply from August 2014 to start this course in 2015. Or register for updates now.

Please use our checklist to ensure you have submitted all documentation. Applications close on 24 February 2014.

You can also ask us a question or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
Full course details
Narrative Therapy (Graduate Certificate)Other

Master of Clinical Family Therapy

Duration :
2 to 3 years part-time.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Campus:
Other
Year
2014
Course description
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.

The nested program means that students who exit at any level with completion of the required subjects will do so with a qualification:
1st year (Level 1): Graduate Certificate: offered both face-to-face and in a blended learning format
2nd year (Level 2): Graduate Diploma
3rd year (Level 3): Masters
Professional recognition
With some additional hours of supervision, graduates are eligible for clinical membership of the Australian Association of Family Therapists (AAFT).
Prerequisite
Level 1 entry: undergraduate degree in a related discipline, or equivalent. Candidates need to be currently working in contexts that have some working relationship or direct involvement with families. Completion of the Bouverie Centre's Introduction to Family Therapy workshop is highly recommended.
Level 2* entry: 4-year degree in a related discipline, or a bachelor degree plus an approved fourth year of study, and have at least 2 years' experience working with families as a case manager or as a family counsellor; or equivalent and completion of the 4-day Introductory Workshop in Family Therapy.

Level 2* and 3 students are also required to be currently working in a counselling or therapy role and have an employment description that allows them to be engaged with families in a counselling or therapy relationship with at least 5 families at any one time throughout the year. Students who have difficulty meeting this requirement should talk to us about our clinical practice groups. Applicants will need to have a Working With Children check.
Fee amount
Indicative (2013): $14,430 per 120 credit points.
Costs
Please see our Fee Help Document for information on costs.
Additional information
The Master of Clinical Family Therapy is taught at The Bouverie Centre in Brunswick.
How to apply
Apply from August 2014 to start this course in 2015. Or register for updates now.

You can also ask us a question or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045. Please complete the Supplementary Form. Please use our checklist to ensure you have submitted all documentation.
Full course details
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.

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 case management or support. At levels 2 (Graduate Diploma) and 3 (Masters) you are required to be working in a counselling or therapy role (full or part-time) with at least 5 families at any one time during the course. 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.

If you are completing the Graduate Certificate in Narrative Therapy you are expected to do at least 4 hours of practice per week during the course. This can be in case management, counselling, group work, teaching and community development.<</p>

Further information is also available at The Bouverie Centre web site

Clinical Practice Groups

Clinical practice groups are a new initiative by The Bouverie Centre designed to give trainees an opportunity to observe and participate in systemic practice with families where they are unable to do so in their work place or in a voluntary capacity. 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, with the rest of the group acting as a reflecting team.

Please note that this group is a contribution only towards the clinical practice requirement of 5 families at any one time. It is expected that students will be also seeing some families 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. Contact Susan Conduit 9385 5112 for further details.

Course Co-ordinators

Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy

Colleen Cousins +61 3 9385 5100

Graduate Certificate in Narrative Therapy

Ron Findlay +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.

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