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Structural family therapy and solution focused brief therapy

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Date: ongoing
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 10


Organiser: Clinical Supervision Services

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This e-Learning module provides participants with a solid understanding of both Structural Family Therapy and Solution Focused Based Therapy (SFBT).The aim of the first part of this module is to introduce participants to the basic ideas and practices of structural family therapy such as hierarchies and enmeshment and introduce techniques for working with families in a structural model. The second part of the module is on SFBT where the focus of therapy moves from the problems to describing exceptions and strengths and what clients are achieving in their lives to bring about change. Key ideas and principles are explored including interventions such as questioning techniques; the miracle question and scaling question. The module consists of 5 self-paced sections and includes video demonstration, practical examples, reflective tasks, readings and a short quiz. The course is suitable for health and welfare professionals who currently or intend to work with families. It is anticipated that the module will take 8-10 Hours. 10 – CPD hours

This 5 self-paced includes chapters:

  • Introduction to Structural Family Therapy,
  • Main and Ideas and Techniques,
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy,
  • Key Ideas and Principles of Solution Focused Therapy,
  • Use of Miracle Questions and Scaling questions.

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

Part 1 Structural family Therapy

  • To develop a knowledge of the underlying assumptions and practice of structural family therapy, identifying the family subsystems and boundaries, power, hierarchy and communication patterns
  • To review the work of Minuchin including the interventions of enactments, reframing, establishing boundaries, hierarchy
  • To be introduced to the techniques for working with families using a structural model, including

Part 2 Solution focused brief therapy (SBFT)

  • To be introduced to the theory of SFBT and the work of de Shazer and Berg and how the solutions to one’s problems are typically located in the ‘exceptions’ to the problems
  • To develop an understanding of the key concepts and approaches in SFBT and the techniques and questions used to help clients clarify solutions and the means of achieving them
  • To develop knowledge of how to apply SFBT in practice using present and future focused questions
  • To understand and be able to apply key therapy concepts including the use of compliments, therapy questions such as scaling, coping questions and the ‘miracle’ question

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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