Strengths and Risks in Family Work

Course code HLSC6515
Not available in 2017
2016 Course Timetables


This course provides opportunity for students to understand the conceptual framework of family strengths and strengths-based approaches, as well as assessment and other practitioner responses to risks that may be faced by families. The course will focus on strength-based approaches to those risks with potentially life threatening outcomes to families from a range of communities. The course provides students with advanced research and practice based knowledge and skills to provide effective interventions in accordance with duty of are requirements, ethical practice and relevant legislation, policies and procedures.


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  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Understand diverse family and community strengths

2. Identify and assess risks in families

3. Apply strategies to build strengths and reduce risks

4. Analyse and respond to specific risks in family work

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


  1. Research and practice approaches to strengths and risk in family work
  2. Risk assessment
  3. Protective factors & resilience
  4. Assessment and response to suicide and child abuse & neglect
  5. Risk in a cultural context with a focus on specific communities

Assumed Knowledge

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

Assessment Items

Presentation: Strengths & Risk Assessment in Family Work

Professional Task: Client Referral

Essay: Working with families from specific 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


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

Students are expected to attend the Workshop in Newcastle.