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HCS544 Advanced Clinical Practice (16)


With a primary focus on practice, this subject further develops the couple and family therapy skills from HCS541 and HCS542 and knowledge of special issues from HCS543. The emphasis of this subject is on practising and planning interventions, skills identification, consolidation and application of the post-Milan systemic model. Students will undertake supervised practice experience in role play (simulated practice) situations and with real clients.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sesssionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

HCS541 and HCS542 and HCS543

Enrolment restrictions

Master of Human Services Practice MSW (Advanced Practice)
Related subject(s)
HCS542 This subject builds on the theoretical knowledge and skills developed in HCS 541 and HCS 542
HCS543 This subject builds on the content of HCS543

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to demonstrate high level skills appropriate to intervene in couple and family relationships.
- be able to apply skills of couple and family therapy to an ongoing case.
- be able to identify stages of development of a therapeutic relationship and dynamics within those relationships.
- be able to intervene to alter the dynamics of a therapeutic relationship in a way that furthers a positive case intervention.
- be able to plan, conduct and terminate an initial and subsequent sessions.
- be able to articulate how theory and practice are integrated in the cases studied
- be able to demonstrate reflective practice including giving and receiving feedback appropriately with peers and supervisors, critiquing own practice and identifying areas of strength and areas to develop using supervision appropriately.
- be able to work constructively in a therapeutic team to apply theoretical concepts and practise skills.
- be able to demonstrate improved practice skills over the course of the subject.


The subject will cover the following topics:
1. Clinical application of the therapeutic relationship: work setting; values and ethics and dynamics in relationships. 2. Working with a therapeutic team, therapeutic team strategies, planning and conducting initial and subsequent sessions, terminating sessions and involvement in cases. 3. Revisiting other models of systemic therapy: including structural, strategic, post-modern and constructivist perspectives. 4. Use of self in therapeutic relationships. 5. Using supervision constructively.

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 10 day residential school. The first part of the residential school will focus on work with a case from the student's own work setting, or a case study (5 days). The second part of the residential school will focus on working with other live cases from Relationships Australia (with informed consent) (5 days). Activities will involve: skills workshops; role plays; tutorial discussions; video taping and critiquing of individual student work; reviewing video tapes of counselling sessions and part 2 will involve live client work where possible.


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 23 February 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.