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Working with Couples, Families and Children PG (10068.2)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Counselling


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In this unit students will deepen their theoretical understanding and counselling skills in working with couples, children and families. The range of topics will include: a history of systemic counselling frameworks; principles of couple and family therapy; research on effective couple relationships; practices of risk management when working with couples/families/children; issues of gender/intimacy/management of power; working with couples/families/children where family violence/abuse and separation are present.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Identify and analyse complex problems in the field of family therapy and formulate and implement ethical and professional solutions;

2. Demonstrate a high level of competence in a wide variety of counselling skills and be able to apply these skills in working with couples, families and/or children;

3. Demonstrate a critical in-depth understanding of major theories, models and techniques specific to the area of family therapy; and

4. Act responsibly, ethically and professionally as practitioners in the context of family therapy practice, and their obligations to the community and society.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Up to 150 hours per semester, including attendance at on campus teaching blocks and participation in online forums. In this unit students will attend three two day block teaching segments. Teaching formats will include lecture, role play simulation, small group discussion and exercises, assignment and class presentation.


Must have passed 7743 Counselling Skills & Models PG AND 7744 Counselling Theories & Concepts PG AND 7748 Counselling Placement & Supervision PG.


This unit is only available to students in 342JA Graduate Diploma in Counselling and 341JA Master of Counselling.

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