PUB HLTH 7013 - Family & Relationships Counselling
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code PUB HLTH 7013 Course Family & Relationships Counselling Coordinating Unit Public Health Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 2.5 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions Available to M. Counselling & Psychotherapy students only Course Description This course examines developmental and therapeutic issues that relate to working with families and couples. A survey of pioneering theory and technique leads into contemporary, post-modern and integrative approaches. The course first examines family systems and structure, family development stages and the types of stresses a family may have to negotiate. It will introduce a range of models of family and couples counselling, including multigenerational, experiential, cognitive behavioural, emotion-focused, narrative, solution-focussed and integrative models, and note their relevance in group counselling. It will address assessment techniques and practical interventions, and provide skills development in applying systems theory in counselling.
Course Coordinator: Dr Matt Doherty
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
Outline knowledge of the underlying theories and core concepts of key approaches to family and relationship counselling;
Critically appraise research studies related to the clinical application of various approaches to family and relationship counselling;
Demonstrate an understanding of family systems, structure, developmental stages and changes through class discussions and written assignments;
Analyse and apply a variety of techniques and approaches to family and relationship counselling; these may include systems, experiential, developmental, cognitive-behavioural, emotion-focussed, narrative and integrative models;
Demonstrate practical knowledge of common counselling issues that are presented by families and couples, through class discussions and written assignments;
Recognise issues of cultural and other diversity in the formation of families and relationships;
Appropriately apply intervention skills for working with families and couples to resolve relationship difficulties, through a written assignment;
Appraise resources to support continuous learning regarding family and relationship counselling.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-5, 7 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
2-8 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
1-7 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
2, 8 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
6 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesAn important component of this unit is regular reading and reflection, intended to clarify and expand on material covered in class.
Goldenberg, H., & Goldenberg, I. (2013). Family therapy: An overview (8th Ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole - Cengage Learning.
Long, L. L., & Young, M. E. (2007). Counselling and therapy for couples (2nd Ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson Brooks/Cole.
Links to required background readings will be made available to participants via MyUni.
Recommended ResourcesBrown, J. H., & Brown, C. S. (2002). Marital therapy: Concepts and skills for effective practice. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.
McGoldrick, M., Carter, B., & Garcia-Preto, N. (2010). The expanded family life cycle: Individual, family, and social perspectives (4th Ed.) Pearson Education.
Shaw, E., & Crawley. J. (2007). Couple therapy in Australia: Issues emerging from practice. Kew, VIC: Psychoz Publications.
Rhodes, P., & Wallis, A. (Eds.) (2011). A practical guide to family therapy. Structured guidelines and key skills. Melbourne: IP Communications.
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