Details for Working with Relationships

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC538
  • 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 and relationship challenges;
  2. Develop knowledge and skills in relationship counselling based on a range of modalities, including assessment, treatment planning and intervention;
  3. Analyse, critique and practice skills via counselling role plays based on acquired skills;
  4. Develop resources to assist in relationships counselling, incorporating appropriate theories and practices.

Subject Content

  1. Understanding relationships
  2. Challenges in relationships
  3. Family structure and influences on relationships
  4. Theories and skills for couple and relationship counselling
  5. Psychoeducation for relationship work
  6. Supervision
  7. Specialised topics (e.g. sexual-based concerns, financial concerns)
  8. Foundations for healthy relationships (e.g. communication)
  9. The relationship between their own relationships and the potential for counter transference in counselling relationships

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Onsite (face-to-face)
  • Online (e-Learning)
  • Intensives

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

Assessment Methods

  • Forum Engagement (20%)
  • Assessment Interview, Notes and Critical 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 texts