Systemic Family Counselling

PSY80062 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or equivalent 

Contact hours

  • 36 hours Face to Face

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

29 Jul 24 - 27 Oct 24

3 Dec 24

Last self enrolment:
11 Aug 24

31 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
13 Sep 24


PSY60007 Counselling Theory and Skills
PSY80081 Counselling Theory and Skills  

Aims and objectives

This unit examines contemporary theory and practice concerning the role and function of the Australian family and its interaction with wider society. Students will examine a range of systems approaches for working therapeutically with families. Theories and practical issues related to working with families will inform the development of skills in family counselling.

Students who successfully complete this Unit will be able to:
1. Demonstrate familiarity with a range of systemic theoretical positions, which they can apply to understand family functioning.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of family life cycle changes and issues relevant to modern families
3. Conduct an assessment of a family using a systems-oriented interview with a family to identify problematic areas of functioning
4. Indicate a range of appropriate interventions to assist the family to remediate patterns of interaction
5. Write an assessment report identifying systems within the family that contribute to the difficulties experienced and which also identifies treatment interventions.