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UEN No/CPE Reg No: 199900986N
(Reg. Period: 19 May 2020 to 20 May 2024)

Family Work Skills


In this experiential workshop, participants will learn some basic concepts, techniques and skills required for conducting systemic interviews with families. Participants will acquire skill in deciding who to include in sessions and how to collaborate with a family to develop a focus for the work. Experiential methods including  role-play, will be used to teach specific techniques for managing family interactions; promoting a sense of safety and respectful engagement, and managing difference and conflict. 


On completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate and apply key family therapy concepts and skills effective in family work
  • Make theoretically informed decisions about who to include in family sessions, and when
  • Collaborate with families to develop an agenda and focus for family work
  • Facilitate safe, respectful, family-sensitive family intervention
  • Effectively manage family interactions, including managing difference and conflict
  • Apply awareness and knowledge of diversity issues to family practice 


Key concepts and skills from various family therapy models including:

  • Structural Therapy, 

  • Strategic Therapy, 

  • Milan Systemic Therapy, 

  • Attachment theory

  • Transgenerational Therapies 

integrated and supported in a foundational session format.


This workshop is suitable for a wide range of professionals working with families: case managers, social workers, psychologists, nurses, doctors, occupational therapists, teachers, youth and childcare workers


Participants who meet 80% class attendance will be awarded a Certificate of Completion by The Bouverie Centre, La Trobe University & Academy of Human Development.


Fees S$

Regular Course Fee (Nett)



Subsidies/ Funding S$

Company-Sponsored Applicant:

VCF pre-approved funding at 30% per pax cap at $667 for Singaporeans/PR Social Service Organisation Staff, Reference No PAS00001871 valid till 22 Jul 2020



Robyn Elliott is a family therapist and social worker employed at the Bouverie Centre for almost 20 years. As senior lecturer with La Trobe University she manages the Academic Program - administering and supervising the delivery and development of all Bouverie’s university accredited courses. She also lectures and supervises in the Master of Clinical Family Therapy course. Robyn also provides non-accredited training and consultation to government and non-government organisations in the health and welfare sector. She is a clinical member of AAFT, PACFA, AASW (AMHSW), and an accredited consultant with EMDRAA, and a member of the EMDRAA board of management. 

Robyn's area of special interest is trauma. She has been learning, teaching and practicing in the area of trauma for the past 23 years. She is particularly interested in EMDR and how this can be integrated with systemic approaches. Her training and consultation to other organisations, for example, Child Protection, Community Health, Adult Mental Health and non-government organisations has focused mainly in this area, although a highlight of her career was a five-day training in family therapy in Mongolia!

Nicholas Barrington is a psychiatric nurse and family therapist. Newly employed with Bouverie Centre in 2019, he has worked for fifteen years in the mental health sector across a range of settings. 

Beginning his career working in acute inpatient settings, Nicholas has extensive community experience in senior clinical roles working in crisis assessment teams and child and adolescent services; having also managed a community mental health service and holding leadership positions during major service delivery change. 

In his current role within the Mental Health Program of the Bouverie Centre, Nicholas provides training to mental health and community services, as well as supporting implementation and practice change activities. Having focused his experience on child and adolescent wellbeing and being passionate about family therapy and systemic practice, Nicholas is interested in improving the lives of young people and their families. 


Alicia Loy

6593 5289

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Course Schedule

Dates TBA
Timing 9.30am - 5.30pm
Trainer(s) Ms.Robyn Elliott & Mr Nicholas Barrington (The Bouverie Centre, La Trobe University)

Venue(s) TBA