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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr J Simmonds


In this unit, core research-based psychotherapies and psychological counselling skills are studied and practised. Topics include various current psychotherapies, models of psychotherapeutic helping, advanced skills, issues in evaluating evidence and outcome, assumptions and issues underlying research paradigms in counselling psychology, psychopharmacology, diversity-sensitive psychotherapy.


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

  • demonstrate knowledge and application of various psychotherapies and relevant psychological counselling microskills and be able to integrate them to conduct sessions; and
  • be able to describe and apply sound practice principles concerning the therapeutic relationship, setting, and varied interventions.


Clinical Development Journal Part I (equivalent to 1,600 words):20%; Transcript and annotation of an initial counselling session (equivalent to 3600 words): 45%; and Clinical Development Journal Part II (equivalent to 2,800 words):35%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Janette Simmonds

Contact hours

3 hours per week

Off-campus attendance requirements

Off-campus students must attend a one (1) week Residential school


Successful completion of an Australian Psychological Society (APS) accredited four year sequence in psychology