Systemic Family Counselling

PSY80062 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or equivalent 
    This unit will be delivered both on-line and on-campus in Semester 2 2020.
    Please check your timetable for on campus locatio

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

2020 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

3 Aug 20 - 1 Nov 20

8 Dec 20

Last self enrolment:
16 Aug 20

31 Aug 20

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.