The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


The complexity of trauma, risk and vulnerabilities for families and communities requires intensive, multicomponent approaches that combine support and collaboration. In this course, students will investigate and critique evidence-based family and community programs, practices and strategies. They will experience and utilise assessment and screening tools, developing a theory of change/program logic for a particular issue or service. Students will have an opportunity to develop professional communication skills.

HLSC3243 is the third course in a 3-year sequence (HLSC1243, HLSC2243, HLSC3243) that seeks to prepare students for a rapidly changing world of practice and for multi-faceted new jobs with a focus on families and communities.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify the range of evidence based prevention and early intervention programs available to families and communities.

2. Determine appropriate assessment and intake tools for a particular issue and client group.

3. Create program logic for a particular issue or service.

4. Demonstrate professional skills required in family and community work in varied professional contexts.


1. Evidence-based family and community programs, practices and strategies with a prevention and early intervention focus, in a range of domains such as ageing, disability, mental health, & community.

2. Assessment & screening tools, e.g., family service intake, mandatory reporting, aged care assessments, mental health tools.

3. Program logic in family & community services: purpose, interventions, measures, & outcomes.

4. Professional skills: communication, supervision, reflective practice.

Assumed knowledge

HLSC2243 Prevention & Early Intervention Approaches in Family and Community Services

Assessment items

Presentation: Presentation

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Exhibition / Poster: Exhibition/Poster

Contact hours


Online Activity

Online 10 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks