Credit points: 30

Subject outline

This subject is a postgraduate and professional level of study, delivered in two modules, face-to-face, at The Bouverie Centre. In Module One you will synthesise theoretical and practical contributions from the systemic therapy, and other relevant models you learned previously in this course, to working with the specific needs of children and adolescents and their families, and also those of couples. You will also integrate knowledge about neurophysiology and other theoretical models appropriate for working with trauma and abuse. Further to this you will reflect on and develop your knowledge and skill, in relation to families and yourself, to arrive at your own unique therapeutic style. In Module Two you will build on your work in Module One as you continue with your small group and supervisor in live clinical practice with families from The Bouverie Centre. In this group a central focus will be to develop your levels of skill as set out in the list of defined competencies.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorRobyn Elliott

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites FTH5PFA


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsChildren and trauma: a parents' guide to helping children heal.RecommendedMonahon, C 1993LEXINGTON BOOKS, NY.
ReadingsEstablishing safety while building the therapeutic relationship: responding to abuse in family therapy. In Rhodes, P. & Wallis, A. (eds) A practical guide to family therapy, pp 76-109.RecommendedElliott, R M & Welfare, A 2011IP COMMUNICATIONS, MELBOURNE.
ReadingsEthical maturity: making ethical decisions part II. In Psychotherapy in Australia, vol 17, no 3, pp 40-51, 2011.RecommendedW.W. Norton Carroll, MN/A
ReadingsIncluding children in family therapy. In Rhodes, P. & Wallis, A. (eds) A practical guide to family therapy: structured guidelines and key skills, pp 128-142.RecommendedSanders, C 2011IP COMMUNICATIONS, MELBOURNE.
ReadingsIntimate justice III: healing the anguish of abuse and embracing the anguish of accountability. In Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, vol 26, no 3, pp 329-340, 2000.RecommendedJory, B & Anderson, DN/A
ReadingsMultidirected partiality and the "parental imperative". In Psychotherapy, vol 2, no 35, pp 646-656, 1987.RecommendedGrunebaum, JN/A
ReadingsOur basic treatment framework: overlapping and interlocking concepts. In Doing couple therapy: integrating theory with practice.RecommendedBobes, T & Rothman, B 2002.NEW YORK.
ReadingsReclaiming the mother - daughter relationship after sexual abuse. In Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, vol 1, no 4, pp 194-202, 1997.RecommendedMiller, R & Dwyer, JN/A
ReadingsReflections on ways to create a safe therapeutic culture for children in family therapy. In Family Process, vol 37, pp 201-213, 1998.RecommendedRober, PN/A
ReadingsSystems approaches to couple therapy. In Halford, W.K. & Markman, H.J.(eds) Clinical handbook of marriage and couples interventions, pp 329-41.RecommendedFraenkel, P 1997N/A
ReadingsWhat works in therapy: What Australian clients say.RecommendedMorawetz, D.PSYCHOTHERAPY IN AUSTRALIA, 9(1), 66-70, 2002.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Other Site 2, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRobyn Elliott

Class requirements

One 2.0 hours lecture per week and delivered via face-to-face.
"for Module 1"

One 4.0 hours practical per week and delivered via face-to-face.
"for Module 2"


Assessment elementComments%
One 1-hour final group presentation on learning (equiv to 1,000 words).15
One 2,000-word reflection on learning.25
One 3,000-word theoretical essay.30
One 3,000-word verbatim analysis of a session.30
One contact sheet as proof of clinical requirement (equiv to 200 words).Hurdle requirement.0
One formalised clinical skills assessment feedback session (equiv to 200 words).Hurdle requirement.0