Working with Parents, Teens and Children


Date: Friday 25th February 2022
Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm (Australian Eastern Standard time)
PD Points: 6

This is a live training event delivered via Zoom

Many Counsellors and Therapists start to see a child or adolescent and quickly realise they also need to work with the parents or other family members. However, working with several members of a family is very different to working with an individual.

There are different rules around confidentiality, for example. There can be competing needs which raise ethical issues for the Therapist. The contract for the work needs to be clearly defined and communicated from the start. 

It’s quite common for Therapists or Counsellors to find themselves wondering how to ‘hold’ all the moving parts of this complex work, and become quite quickly overwhelmed.

In this one-day course, participants will learn how to decide whether family work is appropriate, how to set up sessions, maintain boundaries, engage more than one person in the room, keep the sessions balanced, and manage various personalities and pitfalls that come with this work.

The course is designed to give both beginner and experienced therapists the opportunity to learn systemic concepts when working with family groups to build confidence. 

Various types of possible presentations will be discussed including blended families, step-families, intact families, families with small children, families where a teen is off track and so on.  

Please note that there is an assumed prior knowledge of basic systemic skills including circular questioning, hypothesizing, summarising and re-framing.  If you don’t have these skills, please complete the course “An Introduction to Family Counselling”.

  • Participants will understand when family counselling is appropriate as opposed to working individually with children and teens.
  • Participants will understand the difference between individual work and family work and the skills required.
  • Participants will understand how to set up the contract for the work to do family counselling.
  • Participants will learn who to invite to sessions and the different types of sessions that are set up depending on the problem.
  • Participants will understand when to work with parents, when or if to bring in children, teens and step-parents.  And how to bring people together in a constructive way. 
  • Participants will learn what to be aware of when it comes to legal considerations and note taking in family counselling. 
  • Participants will understand how to set up boundaries around this work.
  • Participants will learn what systemic skills they should have to work with families. 
  • Participants will understand how to engage family members and keep the sessions balanced.
  • Participants will learn about the different pitfalls that comes with this work.
  • Participants will understand how to manage their own anxiety and potential trigger responses to family situations.
  • Participants will feel more confident approaching family work.

Jacqueline McDiarmid will share her extensive knowledge, clinical experience and practical approaches and methods throughout the day.

Register now and find out how you can provide family counselling with parents, children and teens in constructive, confident and satisfying way.

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Normally priced at $290+GST

Earlybird price (Ends 10th February 2022) $220+GST


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Jacqueline McDiarmid MCFT, B.Couns., Dip. Psych, is the Director of the Sydney Couple and Family Specialists, a private practice in Sydney and the Director of The Couple and Family Training Centre where she runs professional development training sessions and a mentoring program for those who wish to work in couple and family therapy. She currently lectures in the Masters program at the Jansen Newman Institute and guest lecturers at various universities. Jacqueline is well known for her work with couples and families and is passionate about offering clients the opportunity to experience a safe and productive place to work with well trained Couple and Family Therapists. Jacqueline is a Clinical Member of the Family Therapy Association of Australia and a Clinical Member of PACFA.