The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Family-centred practice is an approach that aims to support and strengthen parents' abilities to promote their children's healthy development and wellbeing. A family-centred approach focuses on the family as the unit of observation, programming, and intervention. This course prepares students for family-centred practice across multiple professional settings and lifecourse needs. Students will investigate how family-oriented services vary in purpose and structure. The connection and collaboration between services and families will be explored with an emphasis

on building family-friendly, family-supportive community structures that harness family strengths.

This course is offered through the Global Consortium of International Family Studies so the student cohort will include students from UON, University of Nebraska Lincoln and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai India. Enrolment in this course is restricted to students in the Master of Family Studies (12277).

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Trimester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Explain what it means to have a family centered approach across the lifecourse

2. Assess the need for family-centred and collaborative family approaches across a variety of disciplines

3. Differentiate the facilitators and barriers of family centred approaches and the status of such approaches

4. Construct and evaluate appropriate family-centred and collaborative family approaches for engaging families

5. Demonstrate collaborative attitudes, practices and skills in working with professionals and families


  • The individual in context of the family (ecological systems theory)
  • The social context of family, and family strengths
  • Family-oriented models of practice, cases and examples
  • Facilitators and barriers to family-centred practice
  • Family-centred interventions: assessment, skills, tools, techniques and evaluation


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Family Studies (12277) program.

Assumed knowledge

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

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Online Activity

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study/Problem Based Learning

Report: Report

Quiz: Quiz

Contact hours


Self-Directed Learning

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