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WS5101 - Family Therapy

Credit points: 6
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts & Social Sciences

This subject introduces postgraduate students to the specialised area of family therapy. Family therapy shifts thinking away from linear, pathological definitions of problems and linear interventions to systemic assessment and intervention practices. Students will be introduced to four primary schools of therapy: structural family therapy; strategic family therapy; Milan family therapy (1 and 2) and narrative therapy.

Learning Outcomes

  • engage and articulate at least one systemic assessment;
  • understand and engage interventions which account for more than one actor in the life of a problem or psycho-therapeutic issue;
  • understand interactions between people as systemic;
  • understand issues or problems as contracts between parties;
  • On completion of this subject students will: articulate interventions from at least three theoretical family therapy perspectives.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively;
  • The ability to use and interpret different media;
  • The ability to use a variety of media and methods to retrieve, analyse, evaluate, organise and present information;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner.


Townsville, Study Period 1, Limited
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Face to face teaching 31-Mar-2012 to 01-Apr-2012 (on campus workshop - in April)
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>, <Person not found>, Assoc. Professor Nonie Harris.
Workload expectations:
  • 16 hours workshops/Seminars - Compulsory workshop in Townsville.
Assessment: case study (50%); essays (50%).

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