COUN2931 Family and Relationship Counselling

Bachelor Course Unit

Level: 200

Credit points: 6

Prerequisites: Counselling Skills (COUN1001)

Unit Description

This unit provides a conceptual framework imbedded in systems theory and family therapy models for counselling couples and families. Students will learn to use genograms in counselling sessions with couples and families to assess the system and to develop hypotheses about relationship and family dynamics and patterns. The unique skills and interventions of systems therapy, including the neutrality of the counsellor, joining with each family member, analysing patterns of interaction and family life stages and strengthening relationships will be developed  in role plays and practice sessions. The influences of grief and loss, trauma, violence, separation, migration and refugee status on couples and families will be explored to develop students’ sensitivity to diversity and their capacity to practice ethically.    

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

  • Construct a genogram in the context of a relationship counselling session;
  • Utilise information collected in the assessment stage to hypothesise about relationship dynamics, drawing on systems theory, and identify potential interventions;
  • Assess clients’ suitability for family counselling;

  • Identify and discuss family issues, and apply models of family therapy to assessment and intervention;

  • Develop and apply counselling skills for working with families and couples.

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Please refer to the document available here


The required text book for this unit  can be found by viewing the School of Counselling textbook list by selecting the course and trimester at the following link: 

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