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Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy

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Course Description

This one year course has been designed for workers interested in enhancing their skill and confidence in working with families within their current work context. It is ideal for workers employed in a variety of settings including: welfare, family support, child protection, disability, drug and alcohol, residential care, education, nursing and mental health.

The Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy provides a foundation in family therapy theory and skills development with a strong emphasis on the application of these systemic ideas to your workplace.

Interested in our Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy? You might also want to consider our Master of Clinical Family Therapy. Graduates of the Graduate Certificate may be eligible to enter into the 2nd year of the 2018 nested Master's program.

Quick Course Guide

Qualification: Post graduate certificate
Duration: One year part-time
Campus: The Bouverie Centre, Brunswick
Mode of Delivery: Blended
Enrolment Dates: One intake each year. Applications close 31st October.

Entry Requirements

Undergraduate degree (or equivalent), preferably in a counselling, health, community or welfare field.

You do not have to be employed in a specific counselling or therapy role to apply but you do need to have some working relationship with at least two families on an ongoing basis throughout the year

Your suitability for the course will be determined by an interview and application process. Unsure if you qualify for entry? Contact us: (03) 9385 5112 or

This course is not available to international students.

It is highly recommended that all candidates complete the four day Introduction to Family Therapy continuing education workshop offered by The Bouverie Centre before commencing this course.

Course Structure

The Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy is a 60 credit point program, running over two semesters. It comprises four units of study, all valued at 15 credit points.

Study Sequence 

Semester 1

  • Family Work Skills (FTH4FWS)
  • Systemic Practice in Family Therapy: Concepts and Issues (FTH4PCI)
  • Academic Integrity Module (LTU0AIM) *

* Compulsory for all newly commencing undergraduate or postgraduate coursework students

Semester 2

  • Family Work Interventions (FTH4FWI)
  • Family Therapy: Worker Self-Analysis and Integration (FTH4TSI)

Download a copy of the Graduate Certificate subject guide, 2018 subject timetable and calendar here. 

Teaching Methods

Didactic teaching (lectures), live and pre-recorded demonstrations, guided reading, class discussions and practical skills development work in small groups (e.g.,supervised role play and other interactional procedures that help in the integration of new concepts).

About the Academic Staff

You will meet a range of staff during your studies, including our student services officer, lecturers, and our course coordinator, Colleen Cousins.


100% course work. Assessment is based on a combination of presentations, written assignments and reports, journaling, skills demonstration, and online tasks. See the subject outline for details about specific assessments.

What Can It Lead To?

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy are eligible for Associate Membership of AAFT and are encouraged to join. However you will need to complete the Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy (at The Bouverie Centre) or an equivalent course, plus some additional hours of supervision, to be eligible for full clinical membership of AAFT.

Fee Type

Full fee paying - where you pay the full cost of each semester up front, or defer using FEE-HELP, if eligible. (Some Commonwealth Supported places may be available). Click here for further information.

You MUST pay the full cost of Family Work Skills ($1,095) UPFRONT to The Bouverie Centre by the end of Jan 2018.  There is no option to defer payment for this subject via a FEE-HELP or a HECS-HELP loan. 

Estimated Fee Amount

Full-fee paying place - $7,695 in total for 60 credit points.

Next Steps 

1. Apply for the course online here.

2. Please ensure the Supplementary Application form, certified academic transcripts and other relevant documents as listed on the Application Checklist are uploaded to your online application.

Experiencing technical difficulties in submitting your application? Contact Future Students on 1300 135 045 for assistance. For course enquiries, information pack or to be added to our database, please call us on 03 9385 5112 (direct) or email

Closing date for applications is 31st October on the year prior to entry. Missed the closing date? Contact us. We may accept late applications.

3. You will receive notification of the next step in the selection process – whether you will be required to attend an interview in November/December or if your application has been deemed unsuccessful on this occasion.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for frequently asked questions including eligibility, application process, course structure and timetable. For further queries, please contact our Student Services Officer at 03 9385 5112 or


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