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Working with families: Fundamentals of systemic family therapy

Event Details
Date: 28-29 Nov 2019
Venue: Sydney, NSW
CPD hrs: 14

Early bird: $590
Standard: $600

Organiser: Christine Senediak

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This workshop covers the core concepts and techniques of family therapy practice, providing an overview of the influence of the major schools of thought on contemporary practice. The emphasis will be on applying theory as systemic practice, through teaching, demonstration, video, role play, case illustrations, group discussions and small group exercises.

The purpose of the workshop is to provide participants with a theoretical foundation of core family therapy principles; to be able to apply systemic family therapy techniques in assessment and treatment of individuals and families across the lifespan, to develop skills in applying therapy techniques to work with complex mental health presentations and to provide opportunities to discuss clinical cases.

This workshop is suitable for nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, mental health drug and alcohol practitioners, school counsellors and health workers engaged in families in treatment.

Learning objectives

  • Develop family assessment and treatment skills
  • Learn how to use genograms as a therapy tool
  • Review core family therapy models of therapy and apply in family assessments
  • Differentiate different questioning techniques (e.g. narrative, solution focussed, Milan, attachment based) and
  • Consider how to apply different models in practice

Presenter details

Christine Senediak is a Senior Clinical Psychologist, family therapist, educator and supervisor with over 35 years’ experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families. She is Director of Clinical Supervision Services and the Sydney Family Therapy Training Institute. She has extensive background in systemic family therapy and draws on her knowledge and skills from various perspectives including Bowen, Milan, Solution focused and Narrative therapies and also cognitive-behavioural therapy and mindfulness approaches.

Location and date

Crows Nest Centre
2 Ernest Place
Crows Nest 2065

28-29 November 2019


Early bird (registration before 17 October): $590
Standard: $600



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