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 various systemic models of therapy, to conceptualise, assess and respond to the needs of families and couples where one or more of the members have experienced trauma and/or neglect, broadly conceived. You will also integrate your knowledge and skills of the models covered in FTH5TII as you focus on the particular needs of children, siblings, non-offending parents, and offenders. Module Two consists of clinical practice classes where you will work in groups of six, with a supervisor, to practice and refine your skills and knowledge related to trauma and neglect as applied in role-play, discussion and live work, using a reflecting team process.

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 FTH5PFB & FTH5TII


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
Readings'Arousal regulation'. In Love and war in intimate relationships: connection, disconnection, and mutual regulation in couple therapy, ch 8, pp 98-104.RecommendedSolomon, M & Tatkin, S 2011W.W. NORTON & COMPANY, NY.
Readings'Dysregulation'. In Love and war in intimate relationships: connection, disconnection, and mutual regulation in couple therapy, ch 9, pp 105-116.RecommendedSolomon, M & Tatkin, S 2011W.W. NORTON & COMPANY, NY.
Readings'EMDR in couples therapy'. In Forgash, C. & Copeley, M. (eds) Healing the heart of dissociation with EMDR and ego state therapy, pp 267-293.RecommendedLitt, B 2008SPRINGER PUBLISHING COMPANY, NY.
Readings'Fear in couples therapy'. In Greenberg, L. & Goldman, R. (eds) Emotion focused couples therapy: the dynamics of emotion, love and power, pp 283-313.RecommendedGreenberg, L & Goldman, R 2008APA, WASHINGTON DC.
ReadingsCreating self-to-self intimacy: internal systems therapy with couples. In Gurman, A.S. (ed) Clinical casebook of couple therapy, pp 375-398, 2009.RecommendedSchwartz, R C & Blow, A JTHE GUILFORD PRESS, NY.
ReadingsDevelopmental trauma disorder: a new, rational diagnosis for children with complex trauma histories. In Psychiatric Annals, vol 35, no 5, pp 2-8, 2005.Recommendedvan der Kolk, BN/A
ReadingsEstablishing safety while building the therapeutic relationship: responding to abuse in family therapy. In P. Rhodes, P. & Wallis, A. (eds) A practical guide to family therapy, pp 76-109, 2011.RecommendedElliott, R M & Welfare, AIP COMMUNICATIONS, MELBOURNE.
ReadingsMediators of change for multisystemic therapy with juvenile sexual offenders. In Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, vol 77, no 3, pp 451-462, 2009.RecommendedLetourneau, E J, Borduin, C M, Schewe, P A & McCart, M RN/A
ReadingsNasty young madams or poor little buggers: resisting polarisations in working with challenging young women and their families.RecommendedDwyer, J A & Miller, R M 2005UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT. NOT FOR CIRCULATION. MELBOURNE.
ReadingsReclaiming the mother-daughter relationship after sexual abuse. In Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy, vol 18, no 4, pp 194-202, 1997.RecommendedMiller, R M & Dwyer, J AN/A

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Other Site 2, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentNo

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.
"Or equivalent for Module One."

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


Assessment elementComments%
Clinical competencies (equiv to 200 words).Hurdle requirement: students must meet criteria to satisfy established level on a range of clinical competencies.0
One 2,000-word theoretical essay.20
One 2,500-word literature review.20
One 3,000-word case analysis.25
One individual or group development of an educational resource (equiv to 3,000 words).35