Single Session Family Consultation

Lead Researcher Email Number Webpage
Professor Carol Harvey +61 3 9355 9825 View page

Project Details

The project  concerned the implementation of Single Session Family Consultation in four Headspace centres to improve the extent and quality of family inclusion in care for young people with mental health difficulties.

The project was conducted within headspace centres which assist young people who are having mental health difficulties. The Bouverie Centre was contracted to provide consultancy services to implement SSFC in headspace and Psychosocial Research Centre staff conducted the evaluation.  An existing Family Inclusive Practice model, Single Session Family Consultation (SSFC), was introduced at four headspace centres across South Australia and Victoria. The evaluation adopted a mixed methods Action Research methodology to address the question of how to best implement and sustain family inclusive practice within headspace.

Feedback from young people and their families showed that they viewed the SSFC model very positively. Practitioner ratings suggested that several aspects of their family work had improved after their SSFC training and were sustained after 6-months of being involved in this project; also their confidence and familiarity with family work increased. Findings also suggested that the readiness of these organisations to implement and support family work had improved.


Prof Carol Harvey


The Bouverie Centre, La Trobe University
Headspace Murray Bridge
University of New South Wales, School of Social Sciences


Harvey, C., Poon, A., O’Hanlon, B. & Fuzzard, S. Evaluation of the headspace Family Inclusive Practice Model project.  2 years. Consultancy for The Bouverie Centre and headspace Murray Bridge:  headspace national funding.

Research Outcomes

Research Group

Psychosocial Research Group

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry

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Department / Centre


Unit / Centre

Psychosocial Research Group