Post Graduate Courses

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Applications close at the end of June and November each year.

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Contact Information

Course Coordinator

Dr Sophie Havighurst

Course Administrator

Toni Langley

Mindful – Centre for Training and
Research in Developmental Health

Building C, 50 Flemington St,
Travancore  Vic 3031

Phone: 03 9371 0220
Fax: 03 9371 0250
Email: mindful-info@unimelb.edu.au

Certificate in Child, Adolescent & Family Therapies

This affordable two year, part-time course is offered in two streams, one on the theory and techniques of therapy, the other combining the theory with practical application. The course can be undertaken in-house at Mindful or as part of a University of Melbourne Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters Degree.

Brochure

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Aims of the Course

Mindful Certificate in CAFT: Theory

Trainees learn about the theory and principles of cognitive behaviour, psychodynamic and family therapies for working with children, adolescents, families and parents.

 

This option is for those interested in learning about therapies with children, adolescents, families and parents but who may not yet be offering therapy. This offers an in-depth foundation in CBT, psychodynamic and family therapy.

 

Mindful Certificate in CAFT: Theory and Clinical Practice

Trainees learn about the theory and principles of cognitive behaviour, psychodynamic and family therapies for working with children, adolescents, families and parents and then put this knowledge into practice in in-depth clinical supervision.

 

This option is for those offering therapy to children, adolescents, families or parents who want a strong foundation in theory as well as supervision in how to put this into practice.

Course Structure

The course is conducted on a two year, part-time basis – one half day per week over four twelve-week semesters. The course is held on Wednesdays according to the University of Melbourne semester timetable. The Mindful Certificate in CAFT: Theory requires the completion of the four theory subjects. The Mindful Certificate in CAFT: Theory and Clinical Practice requires the completion of the four theory subjects plus four the clinical practicums.

Theory Component
The theory components comprise seminars combining didactic teaching with discussion and experiential learning

The four theory subjects are:
  1. Foundations of Working with Children
  2. Foundations of Working with Adolescents
  3. Foundations of Working with Families
  4. Foundations of Parent and Liaison Work

Clinical Practice Practicums

Clinical practice practicums comprise closely supported training in the application of various forms of clinical work through close supervision with well-experienced clinicians.

The four clinical practice practicums are:

  1. Working with Children
  2. Working with Adolescents
  3. Working with Families
  4. Conducting Parent and Liaison Work

Whilst participating in each of these clinical practice practicum, students must work with the relevant population, eg., during the "Working With Children" practicum, trainees must have direct therapeutic contact with children aged 0-12 years. Applicants who do not have the required access to children, adolescent, or families are helped to seek opportunities for access through other services.

Since 2014 this course can be taken as part of a University of Melbourne Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or a Masters in Mental Health Sciences.  Students in the Masters will also complete a research component of the course.

Assessment and Accreditation

 
Theory Component
  • A written assessment of 4,000 words plus a mid-term test, for each of the four theory subjects
  • Attendance at a minimum of 80% sessions
 
Clinical Practice Component
  • A written case assessment of 2,500 to 4,000 words and a log of 20 clinical therapy contacts for each of the four clinical practice practicums
  • Attendance at a minimum of 80% of sessions

Prerequisites and Selection Criteria

 
Prerequisites:
The course assumes a working knowledge of normal/abnormal development, child, adolescent, and family assessment.
 
Students are expected to develop familiarity with the three major perspectives (cognitive-behavioural, systemic, and psychodynamic) prior to their entry into the course. This is achieved via pre-requisite readings which are supplied to the student prior to the commencement of the course.
 
Selection Criteria for the Certificate in CAFT: Theory:
  1. Graduates with a relevant undergraduate degree (eg. Psychology, occupational therapy, speech pathology, general or psychiatric nursing, social work, medicine, education, or other similar disciplines).
  2. Sufficient experience and/or prior training in conducting assessments and working with children, adolescents, and families with a variety of social, emotional, behavioural, and developmental difficulties.
     
Selection Criteria for the Certificate in CAFT: Theory and Clinical Practice:
  1. Section criteria 1 and 2 (above) for the Theory only component of the course plus,
  2. Employment (full-time or part-time) within a service that provides access to children and/or adolescents, and/or families. This is because students need to be able to use the techniques taught in their own therapeutic work.

Teaching Faculty


Mindful draws on the services of well-experienced clinicians to contribute to the theoretical and clinical components of the course.