Details for Working with Relationships

This subject draw on knowledge from previous subjects and perspectives on personality, the formation of habitual behaviour, the influence of the family of origin, culture and gender; and separation, divorce and step families.  It will help you understand some of the complexities of relationship therapy, including attitudes, emotions and behaviours that have a positive or negative impact on relationships. This subject has been designed to comply with PACFA training requirement: Students must have completed a course of which at least 100 hours is experiential. Experiential activities refer to clinical training methods, such as modelling by clinicians, counsellor-client practice, clinical placements, role-plays, and concrete and specific feedback.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC301
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Rebecca Loundar


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Working with Relationships

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Examine theories that underpin working with relationships and develop an understanding of the impact of systems, separation, divorce, step family, extended family, mental and physical health, behavioural and attitude patterns on relationships;
  2. Develop knowledge and skills in relationship counselling based on a range of modalities, including assessment, treatment planning and intervention;
  3. Practice, analyse and critique skills via counselling role plays based on acquired skills;
  4. Develop resources to assist in relationships counselling, incorporating appropriate theories and practices.

Subject Content

  • Gender related concerns
  • Step-family influences on relationship
  • Unique skills to couple and relationship counselling
  • Tools for working with couples considering separation/divorce
  • The anxieties, difficulties, and common mistakes of couple and relationship counselling
  • Sexual based concerns
  • Critique the importance of communication in relationships
  • The relationship between your own relationships and the potential for counter transference in counselling relationships

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • Distance/E-Learning (online)
  • Intensive (One week: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 85 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks.)
  • Extensive (5 days spread over the semester)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Critically Reflective Forums (20%)
  • Interview Analysis (50%)
  • Presentation and Handout (30%)

Prescribed Text

  • Johnson, S., & Sanderfer, K. (2016). Created for connection: The “hold me tight” guide for Christian couples. New York: Little, Brown & Company.