Responding to Risk in Family Work

10 Units

This course provides opportunity for students to understand the concept of risk, the assessment of risk and interventions to respond to risks that may be faced by families. With a focus on risks with potentially life-threatening outcomes and in vulnerable groups, the course provides the advanced knowledge and skill to provide effective interventions in accordance with duty of care requirements, ethical practice, and relevant legislation, policies and procedures.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Health Sciences
Availability Semester 2 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Analyse risks to families
  2. Apply strategies relevant to risk in family work
  3. Apply strategies to reduce risk with serious outcomes
  4. Apply strategies to increase safety to clients from vulnerable communities
  5. Use strategies of self-assessment, reflection and supervision to manage self-care
  1. Concept of risk and risk factors in family work
  2. Risk assessment
  3. Protective factors & resilience
  4. Assessment and response to suicide
  5. Other serious outcomes such as child abuse & neglect and self-harm
  6. Risk in a cultural context with a focus on Refugee and Aboriginal Families
Assumed Knowledge Undergraduate degree in relevant discipline and/or equivalent professional experience in the field.
Assessment Items
  • Online Learning Activity: Trauma in family work
  • Practical Demonstration: Practical Demonstration
  • Professional Task: Client handover record
  • Essay: Trauma based approach to working with vulnerable communities
Contact Hours
  • Self-Directed Learning: for 96 hour(s) per Term (Students are required to undertake at least 120 hours of overall effort.)
  • Workshop: for 24 hour(s) per Term
Compulsory Requirements
  • General Course Requirements: 1. Workshop: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. (Students must attend the 3-day workshop to pass this course.)
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for HLSC6515
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