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Advanced Training in Family Therapy Interventions

2014 unit code: PSC80005 (formerly HAYS516)

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014.
Credit points25 Credit Points
1 semester
Contact hours72 hours
PrerequisitesHAYS410 Theories and Foundations of Counselling
or equivalent, as assessed by the program convenor.

Related course(s)

An elective unit in the Master of Social Science (Professional Counselling).

Aims and objectives

This unit aims to provide an introduction to family therapy. A particular emphasis of this unit relates to develop understanding relating to contemporary psychological theories associated with family problems and their underlying dynamics.
Learning Objectives
After successfully completing this unit, students should be able to:
* Demonstrate understanding of contemporary theory concerning the role and function of the family and its interaction with the wider society.
* Demonstrate understanding of basic counselling techniques associated with working with couples and families
* Demonstrate understanding of the systems approaches to family therapy
* Demonstrate understanding of the contemporary practices of couples therapy

Teaching methods

This unit is taught using lectures, case presentations, role-plays, clinical observations and class participation.


A graded unit consisting of:
* Theoretical essay (25%)
* Clinical evaluation (25%)
* Videotaped family interview (50%).

Generic skills outcomes

The graduate attributes associated with this unit of study are as follows:


 * are capable in their chosen professional areas.

 * operate effectively in work and community.

 * are aware of environments.




Topics include:
* Introduction to the study of the family
* Definitions of family, variations in South East Asian family structures
* Family formation and functions
* The family life cycle
* Family therapy and the major schools or perspectives
* Generational and cultural issues in family therapy
* Particular issues in working therapeutically with couples
* Experiential exercises