Master of Clinical Family Therapy

La Trobe University

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

This program provides training in family therapy with a focus on supervision of family work and integrating family therapy theory. It is ideal for psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, youth workers, drug and alcohol counsellors, psychiatric nurses or workers from other professions who are suitably qualified and want to focus strictly on family therapy counselling. It offers a solid grounding in systems theory and ample experiential work, including supervised clinical practice in a family therapy context in teams of no more than six students.


Delivered at the Bouverie Centre. Each year, students must complete 4 subjects and undertake 6 hours of training per week for 2 x 13-week semesters. Students are expected to organise regular clinical supervision in addition to contact hours. They are also expected to be working within a counselling or therapy relationship with at least 5 families at any one time throughout the year.


  • Family therapy

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 1 entry (no admissions for 2017, see information under Graduate Certificate) Undergraduate degree or equivalent in a counselling, health, community or welfare field
  • Year 2 entry (accepting admissions for 2017)
  • Four-year degree in a related discipline, or a bachelor degree plus an approved fourth year of study, and have at least two years' experience working with families as a case manager or a family counsellor (or can substantiate equivalence) may also apply for entry at the second level of this course
  • Note: this cohort will be required to complete Bouverie's four-day Introduction to Family Therapy workshop 71KB] (or equivalent or a Graduate Certificate in Family Sensitive Practice or equivalent. and a three-year degree in a related discipline
  • Year 3 entry (accepting admissions for 2016)


The Master in Family Therapy is accredited by the Australian Association of Family Therapy (AFT). Graduates of the Master of Clinical Family Therapy may apply for 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.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Melbourne Domestic: $19,800
No information available No
  • Part-time : 2 years

Further information

Please note that because The Bouverie Centre will be changing its university affiliation in the near future we will not be taking enrolments for 2017 for our Level 1 entry into the Master of Clinical Family Therapy. Students who enrol in the Graduate Certificate will cover the same material and may be then eligible to apply for second year entry into the Masters Program in 2018.

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