Credit points: 30

Subject outline

In this subject you are guided in the integration with the current skills of an in-depth understanding of family therapy theoretical models concerning systemic processes in general and relating to development within the family context. In lectures/seminars you will explore theories and engagement skills with an emphasis on respectful and collaborative practice. These theories and skills will then be applied by way of observation of their teachers, and their own role play, and live or videotaped clinical work in small supervised groups. Emphasis in this semester will be on using the theoretical frameworks provided to reflect, with the assistance of the supervisor and small group, on their own clinical skill development in the context of their personal and professional history and in formulating, setting and working on goals for improved competence.

SchoolPsychology and Public Health

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorRobyn Elliott

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningYes

Self sourced or Uni sourcedSelf Sourced
Uni Sourced

Entire subject or partial subjectEntire subject

Total hours/days required50

Location of WBL activity (region)Domestic - metro

WBL addtional requirementsWWC

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Analyse and integrate factors pertaining to values, interpersonal style and capacities that impact on your practice within the therapist-client system and integrate within defined theoretical frameworks.
02. Integrate learnings about values, interpersonal style and capacities and take steps to manage and/or change these to increase the effectiveness of practice.
03. Execute a respectful, non-blaming, and effective initial family therapy session incorporating a reflecting team process.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Brunswick (Bouverie), 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorColleen Cousins

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

PracticalWeek: 10 - 22
One 4.00 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 1,000-word essay

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO3

One 2,000-word essay

N/AOtherIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

One 800-word goals reflection

N/AOtherIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO2

One contact log and evidence of clinical competency on formalised set of skills (200-word equiv) Hurdle justified on the basis of professional requirements generally and also to meet accreditation standards for AAFT registration.

N/AOtherIndividualYes0 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Two 500-word case analyses

N/AOtherIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3