Available in 2018
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills relating to practice in family work. Practitioners in this sector work with families with complex issues and with varying degrees of intensity and duration. This Course will provide skills development for practitioners working in a non-therapeutic context where counselling is not necessarily the only or even main strategy used to support families. It is anticipated that the students enrolling in this course will have some experience working in the health, welfare or education sectors.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

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  • Trimester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Apply embedded counselling skills when working with family members

2. Apply strategies to support change in families

3. Use strategies of self-assessment, reflection and supervision to manage and develop effectiveness of this practice.


  • Communication micro skills
  • Engaging and collaborating with families
  • Approaches and theories for change
  • Facilitating change in complex circumstances
  • Supporting families in crisis
  • Legal and ethical context of counselling families
  • Clinical supervision and reflective practice
  • Collaborating with other professionals

Assumed knowledge

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

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Online Activity

Practical Demonstration: Practical Demonstration *

Essay: Essay

Quiz: Quiz

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

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 face to face workshop and submit the practical assessment to pass this course.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Practical Demonstration: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact hours

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Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 96 hour(s) per Term Full Term

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


Face to Face On Campus 12 hour(s) per Term Full Term