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MHP5082 - Counselling and professional practice 2

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Gavin Sullivan and Dr Dianne Vella-Brodrick


Caulfield First semester 2007 (Off-campus)


The emphasis in the first part of this unit will be on learning the main theories that underpin counselling practice and the development of advanced skills in cognitive behavioural therapy. Students will also learn about the application of cognitive behavioural therapy in the treatment of a range of health problems. In the second part of this unit students will critically examine professional issues such as common practical problems encountered when working with clients, and government and non-government agencies, and the mutual responsibilities of the members of a team in which a psychologist may work.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe the main theoretical approaches that underpin the practice of counselling and the various counselling techniques derived from these theories;
  2. demonstrate advanced skills in cognitive behaviour therapy;
  3. demonstrate the application of cognitive behaviour therapy in the treatment of a range of health problems;
  4. demonstrate their approach to cognitive behaviour therapy;
  5. list the common problems experienced when working with clients and organisations and the appropriate resolution for the problem.


Counselling video/audio tapes (3 tapes): 25%
Essay (counselling 1,500 words): 15%
Personal journal (1000 words): 10%
Case study (3,000 words): 50%

Off Campus Attendance Requirements

Five-day on-campus workshop