Family-Centred Practice Approaches

Course code HLSC6507
Available in 2016
2016 Course Timetables


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.

ALL STUDENTS should enrol in the SEMESTER offering of this course, with the EXCEPTION of students enrolled in the specialisation 'International Family Studies'.

The TRIMESTER offering of this course is available only to students enrolled in the specialisation 'International Family Studies'. Please note the early starting dates for GCIFS Trimester 1 - January 20, 2016.


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  • Trimester 1 - 2016
  • Semester 1 - 2016
  • Trimester 2 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand what it means to have a family centered approach

2. Demonstrate the need for family centered approaches across a wide variety of disciplines.

3. Understand the status of family centered approaches in various countries and the cultural, political, economic, religious, and other factors that impact family centered approaches.

4. Demonstrate skills for determining the facilitators and barriers of family centered approaches and the status of such approaches

5. Be able to engage families using appropriate family centered approaches.

6. Demonstrate conceptual mastery of how collaborating with other professionals facilitates an application of family centered approaches.

7. Be able to collaborate with other professionals in a way that promotes family centered approaches.


To 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

Assumed Knowledge

Undergraduate degree in relevant discipline or equivalent professional experience in the field.

Assessment Items

Journal: Reflections Journal

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Scenarios

Report: Report

Quiz: Quizzes

Contact Hours

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Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term