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: SSC540
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Elizabeth Skinner


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Engaging Families

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

Unit Content


  1. Develop an understanding of families and a range of family and system principles and theories, with consideration given to family dynamics, social and cultural factors;
  2. Examine and reflect on professional and therapeutic interventions and support for working with families in a variety of settings for both individuals and families;
  3. Engage with family intervention principles for personal and professional development, with consideration given to a reflection on one’s own family of origin;
  4. Develop knowledge and skills in family counselling and support based on a range of modalities, including assessment, treatment planning and intervention.

Subject Content

  • Understanding families
  • Family and system principles, theories and therapies
  • Family dynamics, social and cultural factors
  • Families in transition
  • Specific presentations (e.g. trauma, divorce and custody, domestic violence)
  • Professional and therapeutic interventions and support for working with families in a variety of contexts
  • Professional and therapeutic interventions and support for working with individuals and families
  • Family intervention principles for personal and professional development
  • Psychoeducation
  • Assessment and treatment planning

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

  • Research Paper (40%)
  • Critical Reflective Journal (25%)
  • Case Study Analysis (35%)

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 texts