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DCP0008 - Principles of working with parents

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader(s): Ms Lynne Allison


Clayton Second semester 2009 (Off-campus)


This unit will examine an understanding of the role of parents in their child's development and different ways of working with parents from a psychodynamic and developmental perspective. Consideration will be made of the following ways of working with parents and the similarities and difference in the models: parent therapy; parent and child work combined; short-term and crisis work with parents; parent counselling; parent education; marital therapy/counselling; individual therapy/counselling.


On completion of this unit students will be expected to:

  1. understand theoretical and clinical concepts of working with parents;
  2. have an understanding of the importance of parents' own development as it may affect their role as parents;
  3. explore possible ways of working with parents as relevant to their particular needs and those of their child/children; and
  4. understand the difficulties that may be experienced by the therapist when working with parents.


Regular written assignments
Final written assignment
Interactive assessment via a residential workshop
1. Essay 15%
2. Essay 25%
3. Essay 40%
4. Residential workshop 20%


DCP0001, DCP0002, DCP0003, DCP0004, DCP0005, DCP0006

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