Clinical Practicum: Families

Subject PSYT90040 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 contact hours
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours total

Prerequisites: None
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Curently working in the field.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

A minimum of 80% attendance

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Academic contact

James Olver

Administrative contact

Aris Cologon

Subject Overview:

This clinical practicum is designed to provide closely supported training in clinical work and promote the participants’ practical application of the theoretical material covered in PSYT90038. The clinical practicum is conducted in small groups (approximately 3 to 5 participants per group), under the guidance of experienced supervisors.

This subject will cover:

  • Forms of engagement that may be employed and the development of a therapeutic relationship.
  • Various forms of family systems intervention.
  • Specific types of family therapy questioning techniques.
  • Strategic, structural and systemic theoretical perspectives.
  • The maintenance of a log in which therapeutic contacts with families will be recorded.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will hone specific therapeutic skills required for effectively conducting family work, accounting for:

  • The process of engaging families.
  • The goals of therapy.
  • Forms of questioning.
  • Ethical issues and continuity of care issues.
  • Case assessment of 3,000-3,500 words due end of semester (worth 70%)
  • Clinical log of 1,500-2,000 words due end of semester (worth 30%)
  • Minimum 80% attendance at practicums (hurdle requirement)
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, participants should be able to:

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of their interventions with families.
  • Utilise problem-solving skills in determining how to modify a treatment plan for work with families, as appropriate.
  • Identify avenues for ongoing consultation and supervision around family work.

Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Science
Master of Mental Health Science

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