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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Clayton First semester 2011 (Evening)
Clayton Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2011 (Evening)
Hong Kong Term 1 2011 (Off-campus)
Hong Kong Term 2 2011 (Off-campus)
Hong Kong Term 3 2011 (Off-campus)
Hong Kong Term 4 2011 (Off-campus)
Singapore Term 1 2011 (Off-campus)
Singapore Term 2 2011 (Off-campus)
Singapore Term 3 2011 (Off-campus)
Singapore Term 4 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Nicky Jacobs (Off-shore; T1,T2 & T4 Singapore, T1,T2 & T4 Hong Kong); Ms Helen Kothrakis (Off-shore; T3 Singapore, T3 Hong Kong); and Ms Angela Gorman-Alesi (On/Off-campus, Clayton)


The field placement (practicum) develops a range of professional skills and acquaints students with issues of professional ethics and practice in counselling. Students complete one placement where they are required to spend a total of 280 hours, of which 100 hours are 'contact' hours (face to face counselling) and 180 hours are 'non contact'. Students are also required to participate in weekly online discussion groups and postings throughout the duration of the placement.


Upon successful completion of the field placement, students should have:

  • developed advanced knowledge and skills in professional practice and competency;
  • the implementation of ethical principles in field practice;
  • writing reports and case notes;
  • making appropriate specialist and agency referrals;
  • an advanced knowledge of local human services systems and
  • an understanding of legal and ethical principles relevant to the field of counselling.


A written case report (4,000 words): 60%
Supervisor Evaluation (4,000 word equivalents): 40% (comprising 30% Field Supervisor
10% University supervisor). Placement Hours: 280 Hours (35 days equivalent) of counselling experience, including a minimum of 100 client contact hours.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Nicky Jacobs

Contact hours

Overall students must complete a minimum of 280 hours (35 days) of field placement experience, including a minimum of 100 client contact hours