Introduction to Family Therapy
A 10 week course that provides students with a knowledge base that equips them to apply for General or Professional Membership with the Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT), having demonstrated an interest & training in the practice of family focussed work.
When does the course begin?
It is recommended that students begin the course at the commencement of either Term 1, 2, 3, or 4 of each calendar year and participate in the online theoretical component whilst participating in the practical observation sessions within the Bower Place Complex Needs Clinic on a weekly basis for the duration of the 10-week program.
Alternatively, students can register at any time to complete the 10 week online theoretical component of the course. Contact time for the 10 practical observation sessions within the Bower Place Complex Needs Clinic would then need to be negotiated with Bower Place prior to achieving possible completion.
The 10 weeks of theoretical knowledge and 10 short written assessments are accompanied by 10 sessions in the Bower Place Complex Needs Clinic. Each topic is focussed around key concepts of family therapy & systematic practice.
Assessments will connect the theoretical content to practical work & observations that reflect each topic.
Knowledge & training is referenced to the Bower Place Method and also covers key family therapy concepts.
Who would be suited to this course?
This course is suitable for those wishing to apply for General or Professional Membership of the Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT)
Professional practicing therapist or counsellors with a degree in Health Science, Social Science, Education or Equivalent, registered with AHPRA, PACFA and/or have membership of a professional association who does not meet requirements for Clinical Family Therapist may be eligible to apply for Professional Membership upon completion of this course. The applicant must satisfy the committee that they meet the criteria for Professional Membership determined by the Committee of Management.
General Membership is open to any applicants who do not meet the requirements for Clinical Family Therapist or Professional Membership, but has relevant training in the practice of family focused work. Applicants must satisfy the committee that they meet the criteria to be a General Member as determined by the Committee of Management.
What are the entry requirements?
Candidates seeking entry to this course must provide evidence of one of the following:
- Master of Psychology, Social Work or Counselling & Psychotherapy students
- Completion of a Bower Place Diploma qualification in Counselling
- Completion of a TAFE SA Diploma qualification or vocational placement facilitated at Bower Place
- Practicing therapists, counsellors & teachers
What is the cost of the course?
Full Fee – $1750*
Partial Scholarships available to Bower Place Diploma Alumni & TAFE SA (students who have studied at Bower Place) Diploma Alumni – $500*
* Please note that it is a requirement that we receive a $250.00 non-refundable deposit before the commencement of the course. A 10% late fee will apply if fees are not paid in full within 14 days of completion of the course. Certificates of completion will not be issued until all assignments and fees are up to date.
The Introduction to Family Therapy Course is an ideal pathway to work towards the Graduate Diploma of Family Therapy & Systematic Practice. Student’s who meet the entry requirements for the post graduate qualification are eligible to apply for a credit transfer upon completion, of the Introduction in Family Therapy short course for the first unit (Unit 1) of the full Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy and Systematic Practice.
A credit transfer is deemed applicable for up to 2 years.
Students undertaking a Master of Psychology, Social Work or Counselling & Psychotherapy placement at Bower Place can complete the online theoretical material for the Introduction to Family Therapy course during their placement.
Masters placement students wishing to obtain an academic transcript will be required to complete all theoretical assessments and attend 10 observation sessions within the Bower Place Complex Needs Clinic. Payment for the total cost of the course will be required for a certificate of completion and transcript to be supplied.