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 requirements.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC338
  • 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

  • From Individual to Relationship Work
  • Definitions
  • Principles of Interpersonal Intervention 
  • Gender Differences
  • Couples Assessment
  • The Need for Evidence-Based Therapy 
  • Why Couples Lose Hope
  • The Process of Therapy
  • Regrettable Incidents
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Strengthening Relationships, including Family 
  • Sex and Intimacy
  • Forgiveness and the Moral Compass
  • Creating Shared Meaning in Couples and Families
  • Therapy Models: EFT, CBT for Couples & Families, Group Therapy
  • Gottman Therapy, Best Practice

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Onsite (face-to-face)
  • Online (eLearning)
  • Intensives
  • Extensives

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

Assessment Methods

  • Critical Reflection via Forum Engagement (20%)
  • Interview, Video, Notes and Analysis (50%)
  • Presentation, Powerpoint and Handout (30%)

Prescribed Text

  • Gottman, J.S., & Gottman, J.M. (2015). 10 principles for doing effective couples therapy. W.W. Norton & Company.

Please consult your instructor prior to purchasing any textbooks.