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SOWK511 Advanced Family Practice

Critical approaches to family practice and its application in the social services including the active development of professional family practice competence.

Paper title Advanced Family Practice
Paper code SOWK511
Subject Social Work
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,482.25
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to
Admission subject to approval from Head of the Social and Community Work Programme.

Limited to MSW,PGDipSW. However consideration will be given to approving admission from students in MSCW, BSW (Hons) & programmes.


Teaching staff

Coordinator and Lecturer: Associate Professor Anita Gibbs

Paper Structure

Key topics will include:

  • Key concepts in family practice
  • Theories for family practice
  • Bicultural and indigenous family practice
  • Parenting and family support
  • Managing complex family issues
  • Working in partnership
Teaching Arrangements

This Distance Learning paper is taught remotely.

  • Weekly audioconference or scopia seminars and tutorials over one semester.
  • Guest speakers will offer additional input.
  • Two compulsory workshops.

No textbooks required for this paper, but readings will be listed as study outlines and will be available on Blackboard.

Course outline
A detailed outline will be provided online at the beginning of the course.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Teamwork, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Learners will have:

  • Critically examined family practice theories and frameworks in the national and wider international context.
  • Developed critical and reflective skills to understand family problems and to work ethically with families to assist them in the resolution of their problems.
  • Reflected on interventions according to theoretically coherent and professionally acceptable models of practice.
  • Explored and implemented appropriate indigenous and bicultural frameworks and models.

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 16:00-17:50 29-30, 32-34, 37-40