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Unit details

HPS915 - Aetiology of Couple and Family Disorders

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)

Credit point(s):1
Unit chair:

Jade Sheen

Contact hours: 3 hours per week


You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


This unit will provide a framework for understanding family based therapies and the problematic patterns that can arise within family units. The rationale for engaging with families will be discussed along with the history and parameters of family therapy. This unit will address the aetiology of family based problems according to selected therapeutic schools; overview the unique ethical issues that may arise when working with families and develop students' observation, assessment and formulation skills when working with family units. Students will also be asked to relate their own experiences as a family member when understanding their unique practice strengths and challenges. This unit will also ask students to apply their knowledge of developmental psychology and attachment theory when understanding families with children and adolescents. Case based learning and practical demonstrations are integral to the teaching of this unit.


Assessment task 1: Essay (3000 words) 50%

Assessment task 2: Case formulation (2000 words) 40%

Assessment task 3: Reflective journal 10%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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