Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitSchool of Social Science, South Africa
OfferedSouth Africa Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr M Ntantiso


The unit exposes students to a comparative analysis of various counselling and psychotherapy systems by introducing them to a number of the older and newer models of psychotherapy within the contexts of the psychological theories that inform them. Learners will encounter concepts pertaining to the basic change processes that underlie contemporary systems of psychotherapy, as well as a means to compare and evaluate their relative efficacies in offering treatments to specific clients/patients with specific presenting problems. The unit aims to equip the student with the ability to discuss a trans-theoretical analysis of various psychotherapy systems.


On completion of the unit, the students will be able to:

  1. Relate their knowledge of personality and human development to counselling and psychotherapy.
  2. Contrast historical and current major theoretical perspectives within counselling and psychotherapy.
  3. Appraise the influence of theoretical perspectives on counselling and psychotherapeutic interventions.
  4. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the major counselling and therapeutic approaches.


Lecture topic quizzes: 10%
Class participation assignments: 10%
Critical thinking exercises: 30%
Examination: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

2 hours lecture contact for 12 weeks
2 hours tutorials contact for 10 weeks
8 hours for private study, including reading of prescribed and recommended literature, review of and familiarisation with a wider range of publications on the core content topics of the unit, work on assignments, preparation for class discussions and presentations.

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