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Contemporary Family Therapy Models: Attachment Based Family Therapy (ABFT), Functional Family Therapy (FFT), Multisystemic Therapy (MST) and the Open dialogue approach

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Date: ongoing
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 10


Organiser: Clinical Supervision Services

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Part 1: ABFT reviews of the work of empirically informed family therapy model that is manualised emotion-focused therapy that aims to repair interpersonal ruptures and rebuild secure-based parent-child relationship. Part 2: FFT module provides an overview of this short-term intervention (12-15 sessions) that combines systemic therapy and cognitive –behavioural therapy. The five distinct phases of engagement, motivation, relational assessment, behaviour change, and generalization are described with examples of its application given. Part 3: MST module provides the framework for this problem- focused intervention that incorporates structural family therapy, behavioral parent training and CBT.Part4: Open Dialogue approach. This module provides an overview of how to apply this model in practice which iinvolves a consistent family/social network approach to care carried out through meetings involving the patient together with his or her family members and extended social network. . The course is suitable for health and welfare professionals who currently or intend to work with families.

4 Self -paced chapters on

  • Attachment Based Family Therapy,
  • Functional Family Therapy,
  • Multisystemic Therapy,
  • The Open Dialogue.

The module includes videos reflective learning tasks, practice examples, demonstrations, references and a short quiz at the end of the module. The course provides a number of up to date and reliable references. A Certificate of Completion is issued on the completion of the course.

Learning objectives

Contemporary Models of Family Therapy
Part 1 Attachment Based Family Therapy

  • To develop an understanding of the ABFT therapy approach, including the key therapeutic tasks
  • To review the five core therapeutic tasks addressed in this model including:

- Relational tasks

- Adolescent alliance building task

- Alliance with parents

- Attachment task

- Autonomy promoting task

  • This module reviews the road map to apply these tasks in therapy for use with young people and their families where the focus is improving self-reflection/understanding and improving more positive relationships

Part 2 Multisystemic

  • To develop an understanding of what MFT is and how it works as an intensive family and community based treatment program
  • To become aware of how to apply MFT in clinical practice as an action-oriented and present focused therapeutic model
  • To review and understand the 9 principles of MST intervention including positive and strengths focused interviewing techniques, working towards increasing responsibility in practice and being present focused and action oriented

Part 3 The Open Dialogue Approach

  • To become aware of the Open Dialogue approach that uses a community –based integrated treatment system engaging families and social ddetworks
  • To be familiar with how The Open Dialogue approach and the ‘dialogic practice’ and the treatment meetings that engage the person, their network and all the helpers in a collaborative enterprise
  • To become aware of the seven principles/values of the open dialogue approach
  • To become aware of the dialogic process and engagement on the part of the therapist, to mobilise the resources of the person at the centre of concern and the network
  • To understand the skills of responding and reflection as fundamental skills of the dialogic practice and also monologue and dialogue communication skills

Part 4 Functional Family Therapy (FFT)

  • To be able to understand the 5 main principles of FFT, including engagement, motivation, relational assessment, behaviour change and generalisation as core components of therapeutic strategies and techniques
  • To understand the applicability of this model which offers intensive support for families at very high risk
  • To understand how the model works to provide a platform for families to change by identifying treatment strategies and engaging in systemic focus of behaviour change strategies

Presenter details

This e-learning short course was written by Glenn Larner B.A. (Honours) Psychology 1964, Masters in Clinical Psychology 1979 PhD 2010 editor-in-chief of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy (ANZJFT) since 2010, an accredited supervisor with the Australian Association of Family Therapy and authorised by Christine Senediak BA. (Hons), M Psychol (Clin) M. Family Therapy. Christine is Principal Director of Sydney Family Therapy Training Institute. (SFTTI) She has over 30 years experience working as a clinical psychologist, educator and supervisor. She has a strong interest in evidence based practice and systems theory and integrates this in her work as therapist, educator and supervisor.In 2014 she was appointed one of 12 National trainers to provide PsyBA Supervisor training and in 2015 the practice has grown to now provide five Master classes in supervision and has a team of experienced Clinical Psychologists and a Neuropsychologist who also offer training in the field. In addition to her work with AHPRA. Christine also offers supervision, short courses and workshops and consults to agencies on matters relating to mental health and wellbeing across the lifespan.

Method of delivery



Per module $110

Package options available please refer to provider website for further information



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