Introduction to Family Therapy

A 35 hour, 7 week professional development unit for counsellors & other allied health professionals*

Presenter: David Kong

The aim of this unit is to equip attendees with an understanding of family dynamics and to provide a framework with which to explore a family’s dilemmas. Emphasis is placed on examining patterns of functioning in the therapist’s own family to encourage greater therapeutic curiosity and neutrality in this complex area of clinical work. The focus of the unit is on family therapy as a higher order and integrative intervention which involves knowledge of:

• family dynamics, including assessment of these dynamics;
• lifecycle development and the impact of nodal points at times of transition (birth, illness, death, adolescence, children leaving home, marriage, ageing etc), which affect the family from a multi-generational perspective taking into account cross-cultural considerations;
• key themes commonly presented in family counselling sessions (eg, communication issues, psychological, emotional and behavioural issues in children and adolescents, eating disorders, school refusal, family violence, the impact of separation and divorce etc);
• contemporary models of family therapy; and
• the family therapist’s role in managing their own reactivity in the face of heightened emotion and issues of safety.

Attendees will be given the opportunity to develop core family skills in how to conduct family assessments and how to assess and intervene in common issues which present in family work. Attendees will also be required to consider how to manage complex ethical issues which can arise in the context of family therapy.

Unit Period: Friday 6, 13, 20, 27 March & 3, 17, 24 April

Cost: $500 

This event counts as 35 hours however only 20 hours of category A CPD is required for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements

Details and bookings can be viewed on the website.

06/03/2020 - 24/04/2020
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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