Credit points: 30

Subject outline

In this subject you are guided in the integration with the current skills of an indepth 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.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorRobyn Elliott

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse and integrate factors pertaining to your values, interpersonal style and capacities that impact on your practice within the therapist-client system and integrate within defined theoretical frameworks. You will be able to: a. Differentiate key features of family of origin and cultural identity which are relevant to clinical practice; b. Analyse how family and cultural factors may facilitate or constrain flexibility practice; c. Appraise the interaction of family and wider contextual factors within clinical and other family work and determine the issues that need addressing; d. Apply relevant family therapy and theoretical frameworks to inform the direction and method of change required in your values, interpersonal style and capacities to achieve more effective practice.

Lectures, reading of literature, small group presentation and discussion.

02. Integrate learnings about values, interpersonal style and capacities and take steps to manage and/or change these to increase the effectiveness of practice. You will be able to: a. Use the analysis of personal values, style and capacities as they are represented in clinical work to develop strategies to increase effectiveness with families and other systems; b. Implement strategies to address the personal issues identified that impact on practice; c. Discern and evaluate the impact that changes in values, interpersonal style and capacities have on practice.

Lectures, reading of literature, small group presentation and discussion.

03. Execute a respectful, non-blaming, and effective initial family therapy session incorporating a reflecting team process. You will be able to: a. Discuss the concept of family therapy and the training context with a family group as they start therapy; b. Prepare therapy sessions including developing appropriate systemic formulations and deciding who to include; c. Manage diversity issues and their implications for engagement with family members; d. Integrate knowledge and skills from a limited range of appropriate family therapy and associated frameworks; e. Lead a collaborate process with the family to clarify the problem and the family's goals and integrate these with the above skills and knowledge to develop an effective plan for intervention.

Clinical observation, role play, live supervised clinical practice, case presentation.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Other Site 2, 2020, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorColleen Cousins

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Practical Week: 10 - 22
One 4.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"plus an additional 39 hours of clinical work"


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 1,000-word essay10 03
one 2,000-word essay25 01, 02, 03
one 800-word goals reflection15 01, 02
one contact log and evidence of clinical competency on formalised set of skills (200-work equiv)Hurdle 01, 02, 03
two 2,500-word case analyses50 01, 02, 03