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Unit details

HPS916 - Treatment 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 practical groundwork for learning specialised forms of intervention in the couple and family therapy areas. The focus will be mainly on relatively short-term therapy, representative of many work situations in public institutions, though long term cases will also be considered. The aims are to train students in models of family and couple therapy; provide students with supervised training in dealing with a variety of family problems; and enable students to plan and implement a treatment program and to systematically evaluate the progress of their interventions. More specifically, students are expected to achieve a number of skills, including planning of a therapeutic framework; implementing intervention skills and strategies; developing a therapeutic contract; evaluating the treatment program; and working with tactical areas in therapy (e.g. the therapeutic relationship, conflict, resistance, termination).


Assessment task 1: Essay (2000 words) 40%

Assessment task 2: Case report (2000 words) 50%

Assessment task 3: Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) 10%.

A pass on the OSCE is a hurdle requirement, with marks allocated for the demonstration of advanced skills.

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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