Responding to Risk in Family Work

Course code HLSC6515
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables


This course provides opportunity for students to understand the concept of risk, the assessment of risk and interventions to respond to risks that may be faced by families. With a focus on risks with potentially life-threatening outcomes and in vulnerable groups, the course provides the advanced knowledge and skill to provide effective interventions in accordance with duty of care requirements, ethical practice, and relevant legislation, policies and procedures.


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  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Analyse risks to families

2. Apply strategies relevant to risk in family work

3. Apply strategies to reduce risk with serious outcomes

4. Apply strategies to increase safety to clients from vulnerable communities

5. Use strategies of self-assessment, reflection and supervision to manage self-care


  1. Concept of risk and risk factors in family work
  2. Risk assessment
  3. Protective factors & resilience
  4. Assessment and response to suicide
  5. Other serious outcomes such as child abuse & neglect and self-harm
  6. Risk in a cultural context with a focus on Refugee and Aboriginal Families

Assumed Knowledge

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

Assessment Items

Online Learning Activity: Trauma in family work

Practical Demonstration: Practical Demonstration

Professional Task: Client handover record

Essay: Trauma based approach to working with vulnerable communities

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Workshop: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Students must attend the 3-day workshop to pass this course.

Contact Hours

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Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 96 hour(s) per Term

Students are required to undertake at least 120 hours of overall effort.


Face to Face On Campus 24 hour(s) per Term