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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2011 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Peninsula First semester 2011 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Dr Tom Whelan


Central theme: introduction to counselling theory, interventions and research. Themes to be covered include theories of counselling, evaluation of counselling, research designs and interventions, ethical decision making in counselling psychology. Compulsory attendance at weekend schools is required for all off-campus students.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. identify a variety of theoretical approaches to counselling including individual, group and systems approaches;

  1. describe techniques used by various theoretical approaches to counselling;

  1. recognise the influence of personal values and belief systems to the counselling process;

  1. identify ethical issues and ethical decision making in counselling; and

  1. conduct research in counselling psychology.


Examination (2 hours): 50%
Laboratory report (2000 words): 25%
Essay (2000 words): 25%
Hurdle requirement: 75% lab attendance

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Tom Whelan

Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture per week and eight 2-hour labs over the semester

Off-campus attendance requirements

Compulsory attendance at a 1-day weekend school is required for all off-campus students.


12 credit points of Level 2 Psychology



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