Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

This course is ideal if you would like to enhance your skills in dealing professionally with families - in education, nursing, welfare, family support, child protection, disability, drugs and alcohol, residential care and mental health. You'll be encouraged to relate theory and practice to your own work settings. We offer a basic grounding in family therapy theory as well as experiential work in small groups. Graduates may be eligible to progress to the Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy level within the Master of Clinical Family Therapy. This course is delivered in partnership with The Bouverie Centre in Brunswick. For more information please see the above entry requirements link, the handbook link below and/or contact The Bouverie Centre at . The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 8 - Graduate Certificate.


To attain the Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy, students will be required to complete 60 credit points in total consisting of: 60 core credit-points


  • First Year Subjects: Academic Integrity Module
  • Contemporary Applications of Family and Systemic Practice
  • Foundations of Family and Systemic Practice

Standard entry requirements

  • Postgraduate: Prerequisites - Course specific requirements - Specialisation (recommended): Counselling, health or welfare.
  • Postgraduate: Prerequisites - Undergraduate requirements - Successful completion of an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent).
  • Note: This course may be subject to alternative or extra entry requirements depending on your life circumstances and/or work experience. For the complete entry requirements, please search for your course on the La Trobe website:


The Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy offered at the Brunswick (Bouverie) campus is accredited by the Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT). Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy offered at the Brunswick (Bouverie) campus may apply for General membership with the AAFT. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details. See

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
La Trobe Partnership No
  • Part-time : 1 year
Online No
  • Part-time : 1 year

Fee comments

Campuses: La Trobe Partnership, Online.

Your course fees will depend on the subjects you choose to study: each subject has its own costs. The total course fee may vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and your approved Credit for Prior Learning. Fees correct Friday, Dec 8 2023

Further information

There are three streams available. One is primarily online, the second is delivered face-to-face at The Bouverie Centre, Brunswick, and the third stream is offered as a site-based delivery model. This site based stream can only be offered to organisations who wish to enroll and fund a minimum cohort of 10 students. It cannot be offered to individual private students.

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