Details for Engaging Families

This subject will introduce a comprehensive, inclusive understanding of the concept of family. It will present a variety of perspectives and theories for understanding families, their dynamics, and the impact on the individual. Counselling individuals, couples and families from a systemic versus individualistic perspective will be explored, with reference to modern and post-modern theoretical approaches to counselling. Role plays will form a significant learning tool to enable students to develop awareness of the challenges and effective interventions that can be utilised when working with individuals, couples and families in a systemic counselling model. This subject also provides a framework for students to explore their own family experiences and to assess how those experiences have impacted their development and may influence or impact their counselling practice.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC340
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Gaylia Logan


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Engaging Families

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

Unit Content


  1. Discuss the concept of family and specific family therapy approaches in contemporary Australia;
  2. Analyse family dynamics using current approaches to family counselling and apply these in role play situations;
  3. Identify and comment on some of the differences between individual and family therapy and the implications these have for professional interventions;
  4. Use principles and theories taught in this subject for reflection on your own family of origin and identify personal issues that may influence your counselling practice.

Subject Content

  • Family: Definitions, function in society, a Biblical framework, cultural implications
  • Family development: Life cycle, Attachment Theory, family patterns, genograms
  • Understanding the system: Systems Theory, cultural considerations, Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Assessment, treatment goals, treatment planning
  • Postmodern theories
  • The couple, parenting
  • Family forms, challenging transitions
  • Ethics

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

  • Case Study (20%)
  • Research Paper and Group Presentation (50%)
  • Exam (15%)
  • Reflective Journal (15%)

Prescribed Text

  • Carr, A. (2012). Family therapy: Concepts, process and practice (3rd ed.). Wiley and Sons., US.

Please consult your instructor prior to purchasing any textbooks.