Certificate in Systemic Family Therapy February-November 2019
7 February 2019 - 28 November 2019

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Event Type Family Therapy 1 Year Course
Organisation Sydney family Therapy Training Institute
Location Mary MacKillop Conference Centre
10 Mount Street
North Sydney  NSW 2060
Accreditation Available 90 CPD points
Contact Details Christine Senediak
Phone: 0478548594
Email: info@sftti.com.au
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Event Description

This one year course is split across two semesters, initially providing monthly face to face interactive training sessions, followed by a semester of small group supervision and webinars. Group supervision will be provided either face to face and/or via teleconference (webinar or Skype) depending on group needs, with additional webinars on special topics relating to family practice.

This course will provide participants with a thorough understanding of the core concepts of systemic family therapy theory and practice. Students will be provided with online readings, study guide and self-directed learning tasks to supplement the face to face lectures. There is an emphasis on experiential learning with students actively involved in small group activities including role play practice, case review, exposure to videosof the masters of family therapy and self re ection of the application of theory in clinical practice. Studentswill initially be introduced to the core ideas and skills of family systems theory and review in further detail the major models of contemporary family therapy.

Who is this course for? 

This course is suitable for a wide range of professionals including psychologists, social workers, nurses, doctors, occupational therapists and counsellors who want to broaden their knowledge and skills of systemic family therapy with the aim to improve the way they work within a family focussed andinclusive model of practice. Applicants are required to have undergraduate or postgraduate quali cations.


Whilst it is not a pre-requisite to be currently working with families, participants need to be currently working in a counselling role.

Learning Goals: 

By the end of the course participants will have advanced their professional knowledge, skillsand con dence in how to assess and formulate treatment interventions considering family and wider systems and the in uence of multigenerational patterns of interaction.

Topics include:
• Understanding family of origin and multigenerational patterns
• Understanding the influence of family relationships, rules and systems patterns
• Conducting family interviews; goal setting and systemic formulation and treatment planning
• Understanding and applying circular questions
• Using genograms as a family assessment tool for change
• Integrating family therapy as evidence based practice
• Trouble shooting in family work and developing skills to work with part and whole family groups • Working with complex child and adolescent mental health presentations
• Using family interviewing in adult mental health.

Staff : 

Christine Senediak, Snr Clinical Psychologist, Director, Clinical Supervision Services and Sydney Family Therapy Training Institute; Dr Glenn Larner, Snr Clinical Psychologist; Ron Perry, Counselling Psychologist/OAM; Andrea Worth, Snr Social Worker (and invited lecturers)


Crow’s Nest (St Leonards Railway station 5 minute walk or parking station nearby)


Semester 1 - February to July 2019 - last Thursday of each month, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Semester 2 - Supervision times by negotiation with students, beginning August 2019; webinars to be advised.

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Full Fee: $3000.00 if paid in full prior to 11th Jan 2019 (saving $500.00) $1750.00 per semester if paid in 2 x instalments

Semester 1 payment due: 25th January 2019 Semester 2 payment due: 26th July 2019

Payment is not required until you are offered a place in the program. Please allow two weeks for processing.


Complete the application form with CV online or send to info@sftii.com.au





Online Workshops/courses


Using Genograms in Family Therapy (10 Credit Points)

This online module aims to provide participants with a thorough understanding of how to construct and use genograms in assessment and intervention. Genograms are a multigenerational assessment tool for understanding family functioning and family processes.

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.

 Family Assessments (10 Credit Points)
This online module aims to provide participants with the knowledge required to conduct an initial family therapy interview, a thorough understanding of how to develop a systemic case formulation and when to work with individuals versus the whole families. It considers child, adolescent and adult mental health practice.This 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.
Level 1 Fundamentals of Clinical Supervision E-learning  Course  (35 CPD points)

The Clinical Supervision course is online and provides a flexible approach to learning. This course provides comprehensive coverage of information on supervisor core skills. It consists of seven self-paced modules and will include presentations, video demonstrations, (to convey concepts and demonstrate skills), reflective tasks, readings and relevant resources, including templates to be used in clinical practice. A series of assessment tasks, quizzes are also included. These quizzes are not graded but aim to motivate participants and provide them with an opportunity to assess and remember what they have learned.

The purpose of this course is to provide the opportunity to up skill and, for those more experienced clinicians to further develop their competence in clinical supervision.

This course is accredited by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) and by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).  

Level 2 Assessment of Supervisor Competency Skills (10 CPD points)

For this assessment task on completion of the on-line component you are required to submit an audio or video recording of a supervision session.

A feedback assessment report will be provided once marked which can take up to 4 weeks. On successful completion you will receive your final certificate of Supervisor competency.