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HSW1400 Working with Families in the Human Services

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 24 May 2022


Human services workers are employed to work with children and families in many contexts. While not an exhaustive list, some of these spheres include child protection, domestic and family violence services, the disability sector, mental health and more. In each instance, human service workers must navigate supporting individuals and their families through difficulties while ensuring that they are safeguarded from harm. Often this will require human service workers to employ a set of competencies in being able to support the family unit, as opposed to approaches that emphasise individual responsibility. As such, human service professionals require skills and knowledge in being able to employ trauma informed and collaborative family work, including knowing when and how to use these approaches in micro intervention. This course helps students to understand these foundational principles of family systems practice.

This unit focuses on human services work with children and families with an emphasis on trauma informed principles and a model of collaborative family work. It introduces students to the breadth of welfare and family support services in Australia and describes practise approaches for working with the family unit, along with the complexities faced by human services professionals working in this context. Students will have the opportunity to learn the model of collaborative family work, which draws on a range of theoretical perspectives relevant to human services practice in the child and family service context. This course will also assist students to identify how their values and beliefs impact on their ability to identify family issues and provide assistance.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2022 On-campus Ipswich
Semester 2, 2022 Online
Date printed 24 May 2022