University Handbook 2018

Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy

Course code/s: HCFT

Course details
Location Brunswick
Course code HCFT
Mid year intake available No
Course coordinator Colleen Cousins
Available to international students No
Course duration 1 year part-time
Credit points 60 credit points
Exchange opportunity No
Leave of absence available No
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe

Course description

The course will be delivered in a blended learning format (utilising face-to-face and online modes). The graduate certificate is an introduction to family systems work incorporating theory and practice, and an exploration of professional and personal issues as they impact  on worker’s practice. The course aims to develop theoretical understanding and practice skills for people who work in a number of roles with individuals and families: case managers, advocates, counsellors, support workers, etc. Further professional supervision and broader training would be required for accreditation as a family therapist.

The graduate certificate is offered on a part-time basis, and students are required to engage in blended learning (online and face-to-face), equivalent to six hours per week for 2 x 12-week semesters. Given the blended delivery format, students are expected to participate in online learning processes and attend all teaching sessions to meet the course requirements.

For eligible students, the graduate certificate may form the first year of a three-year nested Master of Clinical Family Therapy.

Course intended learning outcomes

The course intended learning outcomes for this degree are currently under revision.

Course structure

The course requires the completion of 60 credit points over one year of part-time study.

First year (60 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 LTU0AIM* Academic Integrity Module 0
TE-SEM-1 FTH4FWS Family Work Skills 15
TE-SEM-1 FTH4PCI Systemic Practice in Family Therapy: Concepts and Issues 15
TE-W47-22 FTH4FWI Family Work Interventions 15
TE-W47-22 FTH4TSI Family Therapy: Worker Self Analysis and Integration 15

Key: *LTU0AIM is a zero-credit-point subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.


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