La Trobe University

Master of Clinical Family Therapy


Start dates
Semester 1 (March) 2018
2-3 years part-time.
Fees and costs
$19,800 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.
There are limited CSP places.

This course provides training in family therapy with a focus on supervision of family work and integrating family therapy theory. It’s 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.

This course is delivered in partnership with The Bouverie Centre in Brunswick. For more information please visit the Bouverie Centre website.

Please note: As The Bouverie Centre will be changing its university affiliation in the near future, we will not be taking enrolments for 2018 for our Level 1 entry into the Master of Clinical Family Therapy. Students who enrol in the Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy will cover the same material and may be then eligible to apply for second year entry into the Master's Program in 2019.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

Entry requirements


Year 1 entry* (no admissions for 2018, see information under Graduate Certificate)

Undergraduate degree or equivalent in a counselling, health, community or welfare field.
Year 2 entry* (accepting admissions for 2018)

Four-year degree in a related discipline, or a Bachelor's 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 2018)

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.

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 Master of Clinical Family Therapy is accredited by the Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT).
Graduates of the Master of Clinical Family Therapy may apply for 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

$19,800 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

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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.

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: