Single Session Family Consultation

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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.

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.


Key facts

Course category
The Bouverie Centre
Option 1 Online (start anytime) 3-months' accessOnline (On demand)
5 hours
There are no prerequisites for this short course
Certificate of Completion

What will you learn?

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 SSFC, you will 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

Relevant audience

Professionals, including counsellors, therapists, case managers, team leaders and managers who are interested in practical tips for working with "hard to engage" clients.

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