Single Session Family Consultation online learning & In Practice workshop - DH-ICYF 2024-25

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A key component of the 'From Individual to Families' framework, Single Session Family Consultation (SSFC) combines the principles and practices of family consultation with single session thinking.

The Department of Health has commissioned new training opportunities for the expanding workforce in public clinical Infant, Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health services. A key component of this initiative is to support the growing early-career workforce to work confidently and effectively with clients and their families, carers and supporters.

Under the initiative, Bouverie is delivering 5 training packages at no cost for professionals working in a publicly funded, Victorian based CAMHS/CYMHS* service. (*CAMHS: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service; CYMHS: Child and Youth Mental Health Service.)


Eligible participants

As part of this initiative, registrations are subsidised for early-career clinicians who work at one of the following services:


  • Alfred CAMHS
  • Austin CAMHS
  • Eastern Health CAMHS/CYMHS
  • Monash Health ELMHS
  • Orygen
  • Royal Children's Mental Health


  • Barwon CAMHS & Jigsaw
  • Bendigo Health CAMHS
  • Goulburn Valley AMHS CAMHS
  • Grampians Area Mental Health Service
  • Latrobe Valley & Latrobe Regional Hospital Mental Health Services
  • Mildura Base Hospital CYMHS
  • North East Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (Wodonga)
  • South West Healthcare Mental Health Services

Relevant audience

Professionals, including counsellors, therapists, case managers, team leaders and managers who are interested in understanding and/or applying an SST approach. This can either be applied in their individual clinical practice or as a treatment modality within their agency.

What is included in this training package?

This training package includes:

  1. SSFC self-paced online learning (approx. 5 hours)
  2. SSFC In Practice workshop (4 hours)

Note: You must first complete your self-paced online learning before your In Practice workshop.

1. Single Session Family Consultation self-paced online learning

SSFC offers timely, accessible support to all family members while retaining a strong client–practitioner relationship. In keeping with single session thinking, it enables practitioners to make the most of each encounter with families.

In this self-paced online training, A. Prof. Brendan O'Hanlon, a leading developer and proponent of SSFC, provides a clearly articulated practical process for engaging families, which is ideally suited to contexts where a family member is the primary client of an individually oriented service (e.g. adult mental health, alcohol and other drugs, youth services).

On completion of your online learning, you will have be able to:
  • Understand the Single Session Thinking and Family Consultation frameworks that underpin SSFC
  • Convene, conduct and undertake follow-up as part of SSFC
  • Address challenging situations in sessions with families
  • Identify how you can incorporate SSFC into your practice
Course modules:

Module 1: Describes the rationale and practice principles underpinning SSFC and its place within a comprehensive response to families

Module 2: Unpacks the conceptual and practical contributions of Single Session Thinking and Family Consultation to the model

Module 3: Describes and demonstrates the key stages of SSFC: convening, conducting and follow-up

Module 4: Addresses key challenges including translating SSFC training into practice

Module 5: Provides references and tools to aid and support practice

2. Single Session Family Consultation In Practice workshop

This half-day workshop is the practice companion to The Bouverie Centre’s Single Session Family Consultation (SSFC) self-paced online course that aims to bridge the gap between ‘knowing’ and ‘doing.’ It provides you with an opportunity to consolidate your knowledge of SSFC and enhance the application of these ideas in your clinical practice.

Put into practice the skills at the convening, conducting and follow-up stages of SSFC in a supportive small group context. Particular attention is paid to the feedback process so that your learning is maximised.

In attending your In Practice workshop, you will:
  • Build on your existing knowledge of SSFC as a practical, doable model of family engagement and inclusion
  • Have a unique opportunity to practice skills of SSFC in a supportive small group setting where you will receive relevant and helpful feedback
  • Become ‘practice ready’ in the use of SSFC
  • Be able to work through the issues of how to get started in making SSFC part of your current practice
Workshop style

This is an implementation-focused workshop led by a subject expert who is also a clinician. There will be small group practice activities and case discussions, along with the exploration of ideas to help make SSFC part of your practice repertoire.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions about any aspect of SSFC and its applications and receive advice about how to start using SSFC within your work role and setting.

Registration & Accessing your online learning

You can register for this training package by pressing "Register Now" below. Please note the workshop details before registering.

Once registered you will receive an automated email containing instruction on how to access the prerequisite self-paced online learning.

If you require any assistance with this process, please get in touch at

Key facts

Course category
The Bouverie Centre
Option 1 Wednesday, 31 July 2024 9:30am - 1:30pmOnline (Live)
5 hours self-paced online learning + 4 hours live workshop
To attend your workshop you must first complete the included self-paced online learning
Certificate of Completion

Contact The Bouverie Centre

If you have any questions about this course, or are curious about our other courses and workshops, please get in touch at, thank you.

You can browse our list of professional development courses and workshops here and see what is coming up on our calendar here.

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