La Trobe University

Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy


Start dates
Semester 1 (March) 2018
1 year part-time
Fees and costs
$17,600 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.
There are limited CSP places.

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. You'll 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 level within the Master of Clinical Family Therapy.

This course is delivered in partnership with The Bouverie Centre in Brunswick. For more information please visit the Bouverie Centre website or see the Handbook link below.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 8.

Entry requirements


Undergraduate degree in any field but preferably in counselling, health or welfare. Completion of the Bouverie Centre's Introduction to Family Therapy workshop [DOCX 313KB] 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.

Career outcomes

Graduates may find work in the public and private sectors as a family therapist, counsellor, teacher and supervisor in family therapy.

Professional recognition

The Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy is accredited by the Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT).
Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy may apply for associate membership with the AAFT. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Fees and costs

Course fees

$17,600 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.
There are limited CSP places.

Additional costs

Please see our Fee Help Document [PDF, 572KB] for information on costs.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Applications for Semester 2, 2018 will open soon.

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Additional information

There are two streams available. One is primarily face-to-face at The Bouverie Centre, Brunswick with some online components. The second stream is offered as a site based delivery model. This site based stream can only be offered to organisations who wish to enrol and fund a minimum cohort of 10 students. It cannot be offered to individual private students. 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.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus: