Within the life cycle of a family, many different crises can occur, and many factors affect how a family copes with different situations. However, sometimes there are crises outside the bounds of a family’s coping mechanisms, and they need experts to help to achieve recovery. This course is ideal for anyone keen to assist families in need, including those in social work, psychology, counselling, psychotherapy, psychiatric nursing or those in a caring, teaching or health professional role.
The Certificate of Family Therapyis an online professional development program that will give you insights into a range of techniques that can be used in family situations to maximise interventions that can lead to change.
In this family therapy course, you will study the nature and scope of families, family dynamics, and how to identify problems and offer support with a variety of counselling techniques.
You will also learn about different approaches to family therapy, how to conduct sessions, determine roles, establish rules and consider and offer a range of solutions.
On completion of this course, you will have developed a better understanding of family issues, be able to analyse and facilitate solutions and help families mend and adapt to their new dynamics.
Unit 1: Nature and scope of families
Some interesting facts
The nuclear family
The extended family
Matriarchy and patriarchy
Step families or the reconstituted family
Single/lone parent families
The family life cycle
Parenting – babies to adolescents
‘Launching’ adult children
Traditional and modern family roles
Unit 2 – Family Dynamics
Breakdown & loss within families
Bereavement in families
The death of a parent – the impact on the family
New grandparents and family
Second relationship breakdowns
Crisis in the teenage years
Warning signs that a teenager is in crisis
Traumatic effects that may lead to drug use
Why do people use drugs?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Stages of culture shock and adjustment
Coping with Job Loss or Redundancy
Unit 3 – Family history
More on the eugenics movement
Who gets abused?
Who are the abusers?
Triggers of abuse
The development of family therapy
Unit 4 – Identifying family problems
Shapes and lines are used to draw up the family structure
Unit 5 – Support Structures
Support for families who have a member with a disability
Support for families with a drug user
Support for families with an alcoholic member
Early parenting centres
Family support following separation
Other community support groups
Unit 6 – Approaches to Family Therapy – Part One
Goals of family counselling
Adlerian family therapy
Family atmosphere and constellation
Mistaken or faulty goals
Role of counsellor
Transgenerational family therapy
Differentiation of the self
The goal of transgenerational therapy
Human validation process model
Functional and dysfunctional communication
Defence mechanisms and stress
Family roles and triads
Experiential family therapy
Focus on the subjective
Unit 7 – Approaches to family therapy – Part 2
Structural family therapy
Role of counsellor
Strategic family therapy
Social constructionist family therapy
Solution orientated therapy
An integrated approach
Synopsis of approaches to family therapy
Unit 8 – Conducting an Initial Interview
Carrying out an assessment
Joining and contracting
Commitment to therapy
Unit 9 – Counselling Solutions to Family Problems
Multicultural family therapy
Counselling of children who have been sexually abused
CSA in family situations
Unit 10 – Planning A Family Counselling Strategy
PROBLEM BASED LEARNING (PBL) PROJECT – PLANNING A FAMILY COUNSELLING STRATEGY
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.