Contemporary Family Therapy Models

Presenter: Christine Senediak

Attachment Based Family Therapy (ABFT), Functional Family Therapy (FFT), Multisystemic Therapy (MST) and The Open Dialogue Approach

This module covers four models of therapy providing an overview and the core concepts of how to apply the different approaches when working with clients. 

Part 1: ABFT reviews of the work of empirically informed family therapy model that is manualised emotion-focused therapy that aims to repair interpersonal ruptures and rebuild secure-based parent-child relationship.  

Part 2: FFT module provides an overview of this short-term intervention (12-15 sessions) that combines systemic therapy and cognitive-behavioural therapy. The five distinct phases of engagement, motivation, relational assessment, behaviour change and generalization are described with examples of its application given. 

Part 3: MST module provides the framework for this problem-focused intervention that incorporates structural family therapy, behavioural parent training and CBT.

Part 4: Open Dialogue approach. This module provides an overview of how to apply this model in practice which involves a consistent family/social network approach to care carried out through meetings involving the patient together with his or her family members and extended social network.

The module consists of 4 self-paced sections and includes video demonstration, practical examples, reflective tasks, readings and a short quiz. The course is suitable for health and welfare professionals who currently or intend to work with families. It is anticipated that the module will take 8-10 Hours.

This eLearning course is delivered via an independent online learning platform with all-inclusive learning materials and resources.

This module also forms part of the 6 module “Core Skills in Family Therapy” E-Learning Course.


Christine Senediak BA.(Hons), M.Psychol (Clin), M.Family Therapy is Principal Director of Clinical Supervision Services and Sydney Family Therapy Training Institute and has over 35 years of experience working as a clinical psychologist, educator and supervisor. She has a strong interest in evidence-based practice and systems theory and integrates this in her work as therapist, educator and supervisor. She supervises widely providing individual, peer, group and organisational supervision to psychiatrists, psychologists and other health clinicians working in child, adolescent and family services, schools, adult mental health, drug health, gambling, sexual assault, cross cultural and trauma services. Christine has trained as a systemic family therapist, which influences her approach to clinical supervision where the wider context is considered in understanding the development and maintenance of problems in clinical presentations. She employs a reflective practice approach to supervision enhancing self-awareness of relational issues between therapist, client and systems. Christine incorporates elements of systemic, cognitive behavioural, mindfulness and person-centred therapies in supervision and training.

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This event counts as 10 hours of category B CPD for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements.