University Handbook 2018

Master of Clinical Family Therapy

Course code/s: HMCFTH

Course details
Location Brunswick
Course code HMCFTH
Mid year intake available No
Course coordinator Ms Robyn Elliott
Available to international students No
Course duration 3 years part-time
Credit points 180 credit points
Exchange opportunity No
Leave of absence available No, may consider extenuating circumstances
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

Course description

This master degree is ideal for mental health workers, child protection and family services workers, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, youth workers, drug and alcohol counsellors, psychiatric nurses, or for workers from other professions, such as, teaching and general nursing, who are suitably qualified and who are considering a change of career. It is a flexible course that, at the early levels, offers practical skills and concepts take from family therapy that can be applied with families in a range of work contexts. The later levels offer a solid grounding in systems theory and family therapy, as well as experiential work including supervised clinical practice, in a live family therapy context, in teams of up to six students. No other tertiary institution currently offers learning in this kind of context and the feedback, along with our experience as educators, is that this is the very best way to acquire the requisite knowledge and skills of family therapy.

The nested program means that students who exit at any level, with completion of the required subjects, will do so with a qualification:

  • First year (level 1) - Graduate Certificate, offered in a blended format (only available as a Graduate Certificate in 2018)
  • Second year (level 2) - Graduate Diploma
  • Third year (level 3) - Master

At levels two and three, students are required to be currently working in a counselling or therapy role (full or part-time), and have an employment description that allows them to be engaged with families in a counselling or therapy relationship, with at least five clients at any one time throughout the year. At least one of these cases at any one time needs to be a family of more than one generation. This can either be paid or voluntary. Students who have difficulty meeting this requirement should talk to us about our clinical practice groups.

This course is offered part-time over two-three years. Students are required to attend for the equivalent of six hours per week, over 24 weeks per year. Level one consists of four subjects, one of which is a five-day, face-to-face intensive. The other three subjects consist of some online lectures and the option of face-to-face or online learning. Levels two and three each consist of two subjects in each year - six hours per week over 24 weeks per year (two hours of theory and four hours of live supervision) - all face-to-face.

It is highly recommended that all candidates complete the four-day Introductory Workshop in Family Therapy continuing education course, offered by The Bouverie Centre, before commencing the course.

Course intended learning outcomes

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

Course structure

The course requires the completion of 180 credit points over three years of part-time study.

First year

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

Second year

Second year (60 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit Points
TE-SEM-1 FTH5TPA Family Therapy Theory and Practice A 30
TE-SEM-2 FTH5TPB Family Therapy Theory and Practice B 30

Third year

Third year (60 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 FTH5TPC Family Therapy Theory and Practice C 30
TE-SEM-2 FTH5TPD Family Therapy Theory and Practice D 30

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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