Developing family therapy skills on a shoe string budget: A peer supervision and training approach

Ingeborg Stiefel*, Matthew S. Brand, Davida K. Hinchcliffe, Waverney R. Innes

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Family therapy skills are an essential tool when working with young children and their families, yet accessing family therapy training and supervision in workplace settings has become more difficult. Skills enhancement may be obtained through formal training in accredited courses, a costly undertaking, in which clinicians most often carry the entire cost for the training. In this paper, we propose that specific family therapy skills relevant to working with families of young children can be developed within a peer group format. The peer training described in this paper is extremely cost effective, easy to set up, specifically tailored to our unique training needs and the characteristics of the population of families we are working with. Further, the training allows us to develop fresh and creative ways of skills acquisition, our own 'curriculum', with flexible use of training techniques, depending on our particular needs at a given time. We conclude with some of the disadvantages of the model and propose ideas for future development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-324
Number of pages14
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • circular questioning
  • experiential techniques
  • family therapy
  • peer training
  • reframing


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