Family-Centred Practice Approaches

Course code HLSC6507Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

The materials and course experiences provided in this course prepare students for family centered practice regardless of the discipline of their professional employment. The course content emphasizes the family as the unit of observation, programming, and intervention. Collaboration with other helping professionals in engaging families and building family-friendly, family-supportive community structures that harness family strengths will be emphasized.

Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolTrimester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAt the successful completion of this course, students will:
- Understand what it means to have a family centered approach.
- Demonstrate the need for family centered approaches across a wide variety of disciplines.
- Understand the status of family centered approaches in various countries and the cultural, political, economic, religious, and other factors that impact family centered approaches.
- Demonstrate skills for determining the facilitators and barriers of family centered approaches and the status of such approaches.
- Be able to engage families using appropriate family centered approaches.
- Demonstrate conceptual mastery of how collaborating with other professionals facilitates an application of family centered approaches.
- Be able to collaborate with other professionals in a way that promotes family centered approaches.
ContentTo accomplish the course objectives, the following course content areas will be included:
- Seeing the individual in context of the family: Ecological Systems Theory
- Family Centered Intervention literature
- Principles of multidisciplinary collaboration
- State-of-the-art family centered interventions around the world
- Strengthening families through preventative measures
- Building community structures that support families and individuals in family contexts and that serve as a foundation for family friendly communities
- Use of community space that is family friendly: spaces as places for families to thrive
- Families in crisis intervention
- Common facilitators and barriers to family centered practice; how to accentuate the facilitators and overcome the barriers.
- Family centered interventions: assessment, skills, tools and techniques
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeUndergraduate degree in relevant discipline or equivalent professional experience in the field.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Online Learning ActivitiesOnline Group/Tutorial Participation and Contribution
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Program ComponentLimited to students enrolled in the International Family Studies Specialisation of Masters of Family Studies program.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for HLSC6507