COUN5841 Family Counselling

Graduate Diploma Level Unit

Duration: One trimester

Level: 2nd year

Credit points: 8 (out of a total of 96 points)

Prerequisites: COUN5131 Counselling Practice and COUN5141 Counselling Theories

Mode(s) of delivery: On Campus and Blended Delivery

Core/elective: Elective


Unit description

In Family counselling the therapeutic work is less focussed on an individual than on the family system. Students in this unit will learn to identify the purpose of family counselling and the tasks and role of a family counsellor.

This will include analysis of attachment styles and how these impact on family relationships; the development of knowledge and skills to work with culturally diverse family constellations, and the application of principles and skills of systems theory to family counselling.

Students will develop an understanding of family systems through case study work, practice sessions, and the construction of a genogram of their own family, and analysis of its patterns through the framework of family systems theory.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the unit students will be able to:

a)       identify the purpose of family counselling and the tasks and role of the family counsellor, and differentiate family counselling from individual counselling

b)       use a genogram as an assessment tool to identify multi- generational patterns

c)       identify attachment styles and analyse how these impact on family relationships

d)       develop knowledge and skills to work with culturally diverse family constellations

e)       apply principles and skills of systems theory to family counselling

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 12 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Please refer to the document available here

Textbook

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: http://www.acap.edu.au/current-students/managing-my-course/order-course-materials-and-text-books/

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Disclaimer

Unit information may be subject to change prior to the teaching trimester commencing.  Once term has commenced please review the Unit Outline in your class space to ensure your trimester study plan is correct.