SYSTEMIC PRACTICE IN FAMILY THERAPY: CONCEPTS AND ISSUES

FTH4PCI

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will broaden and deepen your knowledge of contemporary family therapy and relevant theoretical concepts in order to enhance your conceptualization of family difficulties and planning for intervention. The topics include foundational family therapy frameworks, theories of change, diversity and other practice issues. This subject is offered in a blended learning format including online lectures, panel discussions, audio visual resources, guided reading, online student forum and face to face skills development workshops. Assessment will include a Structured learning journal and a Family work review.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorColleen Cousins

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsA practical guide to family therapy.RecommendedRhodes, P. & Wallis, A 2011IP COMMUNICATIONS, MELBOURNE
ReadingsCouple, family & group work: First steps in interpersonal interventionRecommendedCrago, H 2006OPEN UNIVERSITY PRESS, BERKSHIRE
ReadingsFamily therapy: An overviewRecommendedGoldenberg, H. & Goldenberg, I. 2008 or 2013BROOKSCOLE, CA
ReadingsFamily therapy: Concepts, process & practiceRecommendedCarr, A 2000JOHN WILEY & SONS, LTD, WEST SUSSEX
ReadingsRe-visioning family therapy: race, culture, and gender in clinical practice.RecommendedMcGoldrick, M. & Hardy, K. V. (eds.) 2008GUILFORD PRESS, NY
ReadingsThe pragmatics of therapeutic practice.RecommendedGibney, P 2003PSYCHOZ PUBLICATIONS, MELBOURN.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse family difficulties within a number of distinct systemic theoretical frameworks and evaluate the appropriateness of these frameworks in terms of effectiveness and ethical practice.

Activities:
Readings, lectures, interviews, videos on systemic theories and family therapy. Online forum discussion and facilitator panel discussion. Case reviews written and presented. Personal reflection and journaling.

02. Integrate a range of specific family therapy skills with current therapy techniques according to the specific and unique needs of each client family in combination with the workers role with them.

Activities:
Readings, lectures, interviews, videos on family therapy skills and practice (ie. conceptualization of presenting difficulties, engagement, therapeutic questioning, systemic intervention strategies).Online & face to face workshops focussed on family therapy skill development. Online forum discussion and facilitator panel discussion. Case reviews written and presented. Personal reflection and journaling.

03. Evaluate and revise family therapy concepts and practices in general, and in terms of the student#s own practice in relation to sensitivity, competence and ethics in working with cultural and other diversity issues.

Activities:
Readings & lectures on the impact of various forms of diversity (including race and culture, gender, sexuality, age, social class and differing levels of ability) on families and therapeutic work. Online forum discussion and facilitator panel discussion. Case reviews written and presented. Personal reflection and journaling.

04. Integrate the skills, perspectives and knowledge covered in this subject with a collaborative approach to develop an appropriate systemic assessment as the basis for effective intervention.

Activities:
Reading, lectures, videos on the conceptualization of presenting issues, engagement, assessment, therapeutic process and intervention with families (ie. questioning to elicit factors important for determining the most useful therapeutic approach).. Online forum discussion and facilitator panel discussion. Case reviews written and presented. Personal reflection and journaling.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Other Site 2, 2015, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorColleen Cousins

Class requirements

Scheduled Online Class
Eight 2.0 hours scheduled online class per study period and delivered via online.
"Self directed On-Line Learning"

WorkShop
Three 7.0 hours workshop per study period and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1,500-word Family work review40 01, 02, 03, 04
One 3,500-word Structured learning report60 01, 02, 03

Other Site 2, 2015, Week 20-39, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorColleen Cousins

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 20 - 39
Six 3.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 20 to week 39 and delivered via face-to-face.

Problem Based Learning Week: 20 - 39
Six 3.0 hours problem based learning per study period on weekdays during the day from week 20 to week 39 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1,500-word Family work review40 01, 02, 03, 04
One 3,500-word Structured learning report60 01, 02, 03

Other Site 2, 2015, Week 30-51, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorColleen Cousins

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 30 - 51
Six 3.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 51 and delivered via face-to-face.

Problem Based Learning Week: 30 - 51
Six 3.0 hours problem based learning per study period on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 51 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1,500-word Family work review40 01, 02, 03, 04
One 3,500-word Structured learning report60 01, 02, 03

Other Site 2, 2015, Week 45-14, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorColleen Cousins

Class requirements

Lecture
Six 3.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.

Problem Based Learning
Six 3.0 hours problem based learning per study period on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1,500-word Family work review40 01, 02, 03, 04
One 3,500-word Structured learning report60 01, 02, 03