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

    About this paper

    Paper title Advanced Family Practice
    Subject Social Work
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $2,551.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Limited to
    PGDipSW, MSW
    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.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    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.


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
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