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Post Graduate Course in Family and Systemic Therapy

Event Details
Venue: Perth, WA
CPD hrs: 400

Early bird per year: $4000
Standard rate per year: $4400

Organiser: Roxanne Garven
Further information

The AAFT (Australian Association of Family Therapy) has accredited this 2-year post-graduate course in systemic family therapy. It is for practitioners working in a wide range of human service contexts and it will initiate them into systemic thinking and family therapy practice. After completion of this course, participants are eligible to apply for clinical membership of AAFT.

This course has been designed to provide theoretical knowledge and clinical
skills competence in the principles of systemic (Post-Milan model) and social constructionist practice (narrative therapy, solution focused therapy and Open Dialogue). It uses a systemic competence framework, adapted from the UK.
Course Format

  • This AAFT (Australian Association of Family Therapy) 2 year accredited course meets weekly for 5 hours over 40 weeks, from February to December.
  • Learning is facilitated via: weekly article seminars, theoretical presentations, observation of live demonstration interviews, simulation of family interviews, skill development exercises and personal study.
  • Clinical practice with live supervision and video analysis of clinical work. undertaken in the course’s low fee counselling and consultation service.
  • Assignments to connect theory and practice
  • Exploration of the influences of the participants’ beliefs and context on the therapist/ client relationship.

Learning objectives


  • To understand the systemic principles that inform the therapeutic approach
  • To appreciate the recursive nature of beliefs, behaviour and emotions
  • To appreciate and evaluate the influence of context on meanings ascribed to problems
  • To understand circular processes and patterns
  • To critically reflect on the different views of reality and objectivity and their influence on therapist understanding and behaviour.


  • To gain clinical skills in the practice of collaboratively engaging with all in the family, and to elicit a clear focus for the work with the family.
  • To increase abilities to undertake systemic assessments with the family and to be able to help family members understand difficulties realtionally.
  • To develop skills in the use of circular questioning, and maintaining a focus on family feedback.
  • Developing a stance of curiousity and openness.
  • Learning to intervene and work with family processes during the session.
  • Learning to pay attention to and work with power differentials between family members and the practitioner.
  • Eliciting and managing emotions in sessions.
  • Assessing and responding to referrals and working with wider systems.
  • Designing therapeutic interventions .
  • Developing reflecting team skills.

Learner prerequisites

Applicants for the 2-year Post Graduate Course in Systemic Therapy must have already established knowledge and skills bases in the social and health sciences (social work, psychology, nursing, medicine, occupational therapy, education, counselling). The course will build on these already acquired skills and extend them into competence with systemic therapy. This means that applicants should have bachelor’s degree qualification in the social and health sciences, or an equivalent qualification. Applicants are required to be currently working as counsellors.

Presenter details

Roxanne Garven, Course Director, Social Worker with Post graduate qualifications in Systemic and Family Therapy (UK). Clinical member of AAFT. This course has gained accreditation from the Australian Association of Family Therapy ( AAFT )and has been running since 2004. CV attached.

Jennifer Brown, Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, Clinical member of AAFT

Location and dates

February 2019 - December 2020

2/141 Stirling Highway,
Nedlands WA 6009


Early bird per year: $4000
Standard rate per year: $4400

Registration and other information


AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers