Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Lynne Allison


This unit will examine an understanding of the role of parents in their child's development and different ways of working with parents from a psychodynamic and developmental perspective. Consideration will be made of the following ways of working with parents and the similarities and difference in the models: parent therapy; parent and child work combined; short-term and crisis work with parents; parent counselling; parent education; marital therapy/counselling; individual therapy/counselling.


On completion of this unit students will be expected to:

  1. understand theoretical and clinical concepts of working with parents;
  2. have an understanding of the importance of parents' own development as it may affect their role as parents;
  3. explore possible ways of working with parents as relevant to their particular needs and those of their child/children; and
  4. understand the difficulties that may be experienced by the therapist when working with parents.


Written assignment 1 (15%)
Written assignment 2 (25%)
Essay (40%)
On-Campus Workshop/Alternative Assessment (20%)
All assessments must be passed to pass the unit

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Lynne Allison

Off-campus attendance requirements

One day workshop


CPS5001 (DCP0001) and
CPS5002 (DCP0002) and
CPS5003 (DCP0003) and
CPS5004 (DCP0004) and
one of CPS5005 (DCP0005) or CPS5006 (DCP0006)