Structural Family Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy

This online 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

Cost of Course: $110

Successful completion of this E-Learning Course earns 10 ACMHN continuing professional education (CPE) points. 

This course is accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).                   

                                             CPD-PACFA Endorsement-LOGO-2017

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