Singapore University of Social Sciences

Advanced Clinical Practice II: Family Intervention

Advanced Clinical Practice II: Family Intervention (SWK553)


Advanced Clinical Practice II: Family Intervention addresses married couples and families specifically emphasising the family life cycle. It contrasts major models of family assessment and treatment relevant to contemporary family systems. Special attention is given to the multi-systemic context and to engaging diverse families. Students will become proficient in using the family need framework to direct their choice of models for assessment and intervention with diverse families in a variety of practice settings The family practice builds upon the theoretical framework of systems theory in combination with various theories including structural, strategic, solution-focused, experiential and other modern therapies.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JAN


  • Self-awareness and relational reflexivity
  • Professional issues and ethical practices
  • Family development
  • Transgenerational model and family of origin
  • Attachment theory
  • Basic concepts of systems and communication theory
  • Art of questioning and thinking in family therapy
  • Fundamentals of family therapy
  • Family therapy models
  • Family therapy techniques and interventions
  • Social construction models
  • Working with couples

Learning Outcome

  • Evaluate the families and their needs.
  • Discuss various theoretical models and techniques in helping diverse families.
  • Examine values and ethics and their impact on family intervention.
  • Apply ethical principles and pertinent research findings to their practice with families.
  • Assess couple's and family's issues accurately.
  • Apply the various models of family therapy.
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