Mental Health Education and Resource Centre

Introduction to Family Therapy


Course Type: Introductory | Course Level: Five | Catering: Refreshments Provided

This workshop introduces participants to the origins and development of Family Therapy. It outlines essential concepts in adopting a family relational framework. Family Therapy looks at a person and a concern in the wider context. It utilises individual, family and cultural strengths and resources to explore meaning, identify patterns, build stronger relationships and improve wellbeing. Family Therapy is used throughout the world and has significant evidence to support its use in a wide range of areas.

• What is Family Therapy? The origins, development and application of Family Therapy
• Thinking systemically: Important concepts in adopting a family relational framework
• Getting started: The do’s and don’ts of working with more than one person
• What do I do if everyone turns up? An introduction to the process of a family session
• Useful Family Therapy tools: Utilising the Family Life Cycle and Genograms

Learning Intentions
Participants will be provided with the opportunity to:
• Understand what is meant by ‘Family Therapy’ and how it is applied in mental health services
• Identify key concepts in Family Therapy
• Further develop systemic thinking in relation to clients and concerns
• Establish a framework for developing skills utilised in family therapy

Let’s Get Real Skills
• Professional and Personal Development
• Working with Families/Whānau
• Working with Service Users


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