Practice Certificate

A one-year program of Research-To-Practice Systemic Training

2017 students planning to complete the Practice Certificate, or progress to the Diploma and Masters level, should enrol through the ACU Department of Executive Education at this link.

The Practice Certificate of Systemic & Family Therapy is a one year part-time specialist qualification for professionals wishing to gain an introduction to working with families.

It is appropriate for psychologists, clinical social workers, and other professionals already working in family-sensitive programs, who want to acquire greater conceptual and practical competencies, or to increase knowledge and clinical confidence. The course is aimed at practitioners who at looking to:

  • Develop depth of expertise in Systemic and Family Therapy,
  • Increase the precision & quality of their clinical or therapeutic work with complex social-relational systems,
  • Include international best practice and research into their work with families and complex individuals.

The course provides:

  • A thorough practical grounding in therapeutic work with specific clinical populations and mental health issues,
  • A strong skills-grounding in evidence based Family & Systemic Therapy treatments,
  • Participation in a student group and peer network, with expertise and wide-ranging experience across clinical practice and and community services.

The Practice Certificate in Family Therapy is delivered in 3-day workshops, tutorial groups, plus optional participation in a research project in Semester 2.

Graduates may be able to continue to the second year of training, for the Practice Diploma of Systemic & Family Therapy (launching as intensives in 2018).

The Practice Certificate also contributes to APS Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours.

Interviews are typically held in November & December of each year for a March start.

The prerequisites for this course are:

  • The applicant must be a generalist psychologist and/or have endorsement as a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist or Social Worker, or a practicing mental or community health professional.
  • The applicant must have a minimum of 2 years’ experience in clinical practice, counselling, or similar work
  • The applicant must currently be working with families, in a family-sensitive practice, or in a field relevant to family amp; systemic therapy
  • Applications will be assessed via CV and interview.
  • Entry into the Practice Certificate requries attendance at the Williamsroad 4 day Intensive: Core Ideas of Family Therapy.
Course Information

You can download the Practice Certificate brochure here.

You can download the application form here.

Timetables can be found below:

Melbourne 2017

First year timetable

Singapore 2017

Dates TBA

Topics include:

  • The balanced alliance,
  • The nature of expertise in Family and Systemic Therapy,
  • Systemic case conceptualization and treatment planning,
  • Working systemically with complex mental illness and medical or community cross-disciplinary teams,
  • Working with emotional and physical violence, and ongoing interpersonal trauma,
  • Working with the complexities around the elderly,
  • Adapting the major theories into an integrated treatment of complex presentations
  • The cutting edge of research into human systems and systemic processes.