Tailored Short Courses in Family & Systemic Therapy

Short Courses for Professional Bodies & Agencies

Williamsroad can deliver a range of tailored short courses, from half a day to 4 days long, and from 5 to 50 participants. Courses can cover the core ideas and practices of Systemic & Family Therapy, including narrative therapy techniques, as well as summarising the most recent research on effective practice in the specific practice domain of the organisation.

Courses are most often commissioned from Williamsroad in order to improve the quality and effectiveness of current practice within the agency or organisation. The courses are typically not intended to train the workers to be family therapists, but instead to use family therapy and systemic ideas to refine the current practices and programs.
Williamsroad has offered over 50 custom short courses over the last ten years, in family-inclusive or family-based systemic practice; Agencies which have utilised Williamsroad short courses in the past include:

  • Department of Human Services family-focused disability section,
  • Agencies delivering 'Child First' and 'Family First' programs
  • Drug and alcohol family inclusive treatment,
  • Headspace workers delivering family inclusive practice for work with adolescents/
  • Agencies delivering programs for families involved with Child Protection,
  • Adult and adolescent Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment Teams,
  • Teams delivering family inclusive dielectical behaviour therapy (DBT),
  • Family and/or couple inclusive DBT treatment,
  • Family inclusive school-based treatment teams for children with learning & behavioural problems,
  • Disability support teams delivering family inclusive grief counselling,
For enquiries please contact the Williamsroad reception.

Course Abstracts

Working Systemically with Youth and their Families

Dr. Sophie Holmes

This two-day intensive course provides an introduction to systemic thinking about families, and the theory and practice of crafting effective and effective-over-time systemic interventions in families.
Day 1:

  • Family of Origin, and the impact of the trans-generational transmission of trauma on youth
  • Understanding the differences between Hedonic and Agonic modes of interaction in relationships, and in family systems
  • How do families generate and then manage tension, stress, loss, disappointment, injustice and issues of family hierarchy and authority?
  • The most useful ideas of Family Therapy

Day 2:
  • Linking the research and the practices of elite family therapists and effective multi-systemic youth treatment programs, in order to effectively address complex youth and family issues
  • The core effective practices include the process of developing a balanced therapeutic alliance, treatment planning, conducting the session, managing the emotions in the system, and facilitating new ways of communicating and interacting in the family.

Agonic & Hedonic Human Systems

Dr. Sophie Holmes

In communities of people and other mammals, two modes of group functioning have been observed. The 'hedonic' mode is essentially cooperative, minimally hierarchical and cohesive. The 'agonic' mode is essentially competitive, very hierarchical and fragmented. Clinical psychology research is beginning to show that changing the environment, the rules, and the perceptual frameworks of the individuals, can shift the group mode from 'agonic' to 'hedonic'. The leading edge of case-based research in complex family work shows that applying this framework to hierarchical, competitive, fragmented, and suffering complex families can make a very big difference to their well-being in a very short space of time. In this session, you will learn how to spot the markers of the different modes of group dynamics, and see how family & systemic therapy has been shown to shift the group from agonic to hedonic modes.

Introduction to Group Therapy

Heinz Bauer

Group therapy can be a very effective component of psychointervention, but the group composition, setting and management are very important. In this session our expert group therapist will explain when group therapy is appropriate, how we assemble a group for therapy, how it can be used concurrently with individual & family therapy, and what actually happens in a group therapy session. This workshop is appropriate for case managers, community workers, GPs, and psychologists & psychiatrists in private practice.