We (the Family Action Centre at The University of Newcastle) are very excited to be offering a Graduate Certificate and Master in Family Studies. As far as we know it is the first time it has been offered in Australia.
There are a number of specialisations including family dispute resolution and relationship counselling (both of which are being offered in partnership with the Interrelate Training Institute), working with men and boys (based on the work of the Family Action Centre) and international families studies (being offered in partnership with a global consortium, see below). Students can also do a general qualification by selecting from the range of subjects available.
Some of the subjects are still being finalised or developed, but this year, around 30 subjects are being offered including:
- Foundations in Family Studies
- Families and Cultural Diversity
- Community Engagement: Cross sector perspectives
- Working With Fathers in Vulnerable Families
- Engaging Men and Fathers in Human Services: Theory and Practice
- Family Strengths and Challenges around the World
- Social Science Research Methods
- Transformative Leadership in Human Services
Other subjects being developed include:
- International Perspectives on Family Policy
- Special Project in Family Studies
- Dispute Resolution in the Family Law Context
- Supporting Vulnerable Parties within a Family Law Environment
- Child-Centred Practice in Family Work
- Responding to Risk in Family Work
- Counselling Theory and Practice
- Counselling Approaches with Couples, Children and Young People
- Effective Group leadership
The international consortium is a very exciting feature of the program. It involve five institutions:
- The University of Newcastle (Australia)
- Tata Institute (India)
- University of Nebraska–Lincoln (U.S.A)
Students will be able to select from a range of subjects and interact with students from around the world through Blackboard (a web based learning platform).
The following video about the International Master Program has been developed by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
Some of my colleagues have put a great deal of work in getting this project off the ground and it is very exciting to see all their work coming to fruition. I’m looking forward to teaching some of the courses on community engagement offered as part of the program.