Foundations of Parent and Liaison Work

Subject PSYT90039 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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

170 total hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Experience in the field.

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

a minimum of 80% of seminars must be attended

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website :


Assoc Prof Sophie Havighurst


Administrative contact

Victoria Kingsley


Subject Overview:

The coursework subjects allow participants to develop an understanding of the principal theoretical and clinical concepts associated with individual child treatment, individual adolescent treatment, family work, and work with parents, teachers, and other professionals who are involved in a case.Each subject consists of a series of 12 seminars, held between 9:00 am and 11:00 am on Wednesday mornings.The seminars combine didactic teaching with discussion and experiential learning.

This subject will cover:

  • specific aspects of developmental theory, cognitive-behavioural theory, psychodynamic theory and systems theory perspectives which may be used to understand and work effectively with families;
  • various forms of family therapy intervention and their application in specific situations;
  • various forms of family behaviour and appropriate methods of intervention; and
  • common challenges with respect to engaging and working with families.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will develop their understanding of:

§The principal theoretical orientations employed in clinical work with families.

§The fundamental concepts that these theoretical orientations are based upon.

§The rationale for selection of one form of treatment over another.

§The application of appropriate therapeutic interventions.

  • Minimum seminar attendance of 80% as a hurdle requirement
  • One essay of 4,000 words due at end of semester (worth 75%)
  • One take-home test of 1,000 words due Week 6 (worth 25%).
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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:

  • Outline the principles of clinical work with parents
  • Identify the principles of liaison work with teachers, doctors, mental health professionals, referrers, solicitors and other professionals who may be involved in the continuity of care
  • Identify the principles of working with culturally and linguistically diverse clients
  • Examine and discuss the principles of consultation and networking

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

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