This unit provides practitioners with the foundations for providing services in a safe and effective way across our diverse population.  Families and children in Australia vary along many dimensions, including culture, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability and neurotype. Students will be guided to reflect on their own identities and learn how this may impact on the therapeutic encounter.  Some key elements of diversity and their effect on life experiences are covered in depth. Students will consider how diversity impacts on engagement and therapeutic alliance, critically evaluate research through a diversity lens, and design programs that are appropriate for the diverse range of families and children encountered in real life clinical practice.