Introduction to Family Therapy

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Exposure to theories of family dynamics is not typically provided in undergraduate programs and practitioners often lack this understanding and the associated skills. This two day course explores two major models of practice in contemporary family therapy: systems theory and behavioural family interventions and the key therapeutic strategies offered in each approach.

The Milan model of family therapy will be the focus. Professionals will learn basic skills in how to intervene using a family perspective based on an approach that involves interviewing more than one person during a session. These skills are relevant to any professional who works with children, adolescents or adults with needs such as disability, chronic illness, mental illness. The presence of these needs creates an impact for the wider family group.

Family perspective practice not only assists interventions with the primary person of the service, but also provides a framework for how to respond to the concerns of those associated with that person on a daily basis. This is particularly useful for families who are experiencing complex problems and are involved with a number of agencies. Parent training will also be covered.

Participants will:

  • Have an understanding of key approaches to family therapy
  • Have an understanding of how to apply the Milan approach to family interviews
  • Develop introductory skills in family assessment techniques
  • Develop introductory skills to conduct a family interview
  • Conceptualise some of the issues which occur in conducting family sessions for presenting problems relevant to participants
  • Understand how to apply behavioural family interventions to child presentations

Who should attend?

Workers providing counselling or casework services