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Single Session Family Consultation

June 5 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm


This two-day workshop teaches participants how to conduct a Single Session Family Consultation (SSFC). The focus of this workshop is on engaging with and attending to the needs of family members in service contexts where the primary client is usually an individual (for example mental health, AOD, youth services, and others). SSFC combines the principles of Family Consultation with those of Single Session Work in a model that enables practitioners to make the most of each encounter with families.

The workshop equips participants with skills in facilitating productive and efficient meetings with families that can be adapted to fit the context of the workplace and client group. It also involves particular attention to the process of negotiating with the client/consumer about how the family consultation will occur to avoid jeopardizing the primary relationship between the client and the practitioner. Participants will practice these skills in a safe and supportive learning environment, with coaching from experienced Bouverie trainers.

Learning Outcomes
On completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the principles of Single Session Work and Family Consultation.
  • Outline the key stages of the SSFC process, including proposing the SSFC, conducting a session and the follow-up process.
  • Identify how and when SSFC could be helpful in their own work contexts.
  • Identify the benefits and challenges associated with involving the family in work with primary clients.
  • Effectively negotiate the involvement of family in a SSFC in a way that maintains or enhances the therapeutic alliance between the worker, client and family.
  • Describe the range of approaches that can be utilised within a SSFC including normalising families’ experience, client centred information sharing; relapse prevention planning and problem solving.

Who Should Attend
Professionals including counsellors, therapists, case managers, team leaders or managers who have a focus on working with individuals and who are interested in incorporating family work into their practice.

Hanna Jewell


The Bouverie Centre
9385 5100


The Bouverie Centre
8 Gardiner Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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9385 5100