Master of Family and Systemic Therapy

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

The Master of Family and Systemic Therapy course has developed expert practitioners who can work with families, teams and wider systems; who stay in touch with the leading edge of research on effective and enduring interventions and treatments, and who are able to directly help and/or provide leadership in teams that work with families and other relational systems. Systemic and family therapy aims to assist families and complex human systems to mobilise their own strengths and relationships to make disturbing symptoms less problematic for suffering individuals. The key difference between systemic and family therapy and all the many variations of individual psychological interventions, is that while individual therapy gives one person the space to discuss and reflect during 'time out' of their human system, systemic therapy brings parts or all of the system into the therapy. Family therapy is shown to be one of the key psychological interventions which consistently works.

Course Fee:


Entry Requirements:

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have: a Bachelor degree in health or related helping discipline; or a Graduate Certificate in Family and Systemic Therapy; or a Graduate Diploma in Family and Systemic Therapy; and a minimum of 2 years' experience in counselling, therapy or clinical work with individuals or families; And been selected for study through an interview process. Special entry is possible for practitioners with extensive counselling experience but do not have a Bachelor level qualification.


120 cp

Subjects you can Study:

Family and systemic therapy

Study Pathways:

Students apply to study the Master of Family and Systemic Therapy and can exit at the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma level.


The Master of Family and Systemic Therapy is accredited by the Australian Associate of Family Therapy.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00004G

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Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info Yes Part time 3 years

The world is our campus

We’re a publicly-funded university which has grown rapidly over the past few years. The world is our campus, and we put our students and staff at the centre of a vibrant global network of scholars, partnerships and opportunities. ACU has seven campuses around Australia – in Brisbane, North Sydney, Strathfield, Canberra, Ballarat, Melbourne and Adelaide – and we’ve recently opened a campus in Rome, Italy. With us, you’ll have the chance to study overseas with one of more than 200 partner institutions around the world.

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We’re closely integrated into our communities and industries, working with them to answer the big questions, and to create tangible results. From hospitals, to schools and any number of far-flung places, our students and staff have always rolled up their sleeves to be fully engaged in the real world. 

All our students enjoy extensive opportunities for practical placements, and community engagement is a core part of their university experience. You could find yourself teaching children in Vanuatu, assisting in a community organisation in Cambodia, working with a welfare agency in Florence, or helping to develop youth soccer teams in East Timor. When they graduate, our students are ready to work, and the employment rate of our bachelor degree graduates is consistently higher than the national average.*

We see the whole person

You are welcome at ACU irrespective of your socio-cultural background, religious beliefs or aspirations. We’re inclusive and supportive of everyone, every day. With us, you’ll be valued and encouraged to thrive to the full extent of your potential. From academic skills to career and counselling services, we have a range of support services to help you succeed. We also offer nearly 400 scholarships, which

recognise academic achievement, community participation, and help out students from a range of backgrounds. 

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ACU offers programs in allied health, arts, business and commerce, education and teaching, exercise science, health, law, nursing and midwifery, paramedicine, philosophy, psychology and counselling, science, social work, and theology.

Along with significant student growth in recent years, we’ve begun to compete more intensely through our research output. ACU research programs tackle enduring and pressing issues in society, in Australia, and around the world.

At ACU, it’s education, but with a bigger purpose.

*Beyond Graduate Survey 2015, 2014 and 2013, conducted by Graduate Careers Australia as part of the Australian Graduate Survey.

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