CPS5008 - Principles of working with parents - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Jennifer Re


Ms Nada Lane

Unit guides




CPS5001, CPS5002, CPS5003, CPS5004 and one of either CPS5005 or CPS5006


Must be enrolled in course code M6022


This unit will examine an understanding of the role of parents in their child's development and different ways of working with parents from a psychodynamic and developmental perspective. Consideration will be made of the following ways of working with parents and the similarities and difference in the models: parent therapy; parent and child work combined; short-term and crisis work with parents; parent counselling; parent education; marital therapy/counselling; individual therapy/counselling.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. critically analyse theoretical and clinical concepts of working with parents;
  2. evaluate the importance of parents' own development as it may affect their role as parents;
  3. explore possible ways of working with parents as relevant to their particular needs and those of their child/children; and
  4. evaluate the difficulties that may be experienced by the therapist when working with parents.


  • Written assignment 1 (15%)
  • Written assignment 2 (25%)
  • Essay (40%)
  • On-campus workshop / Alternative assessment (20%)

All assessments must be passed to pass the unit.

Off-campus attendance requirements

Two day on-campus workshop.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study