Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Janette Simmonds


This unit builds on core learning from EDF6501, further developing clinical and professional psychological practice in a sound ethical context. In the linked topics on psychotherapy with more than one, couple, family and group psychotherapeutic interventions are studied and practised. Topics include ethical, moral and legal responsibilities and dilemmas in clinical practice, assessing professional competencies and managing boundaries and multiple clients, and ethical psychological research and reporting. In the linked topics on 'counselling more than one', couple, family, and group psychotherapeutic interventions are studied and practised.


As a result of studying the first part of this unit, students will develop an appreciation of how psychotherapy with more than one differs from individual psychotherapy and acquire some essential concepts of human systems functioning and inter-relational psychodynamics. Through experiential exercises and guided practise, students will develop some initial competencies for psychotherapy with couples, groups and organisations and to assist individual clients in their wider contexts and be able to critically consider the research concerning the scientific evaluation of various psychotherapies. Students will also study and be prepared to implement the ethical requirements of the Australian Psychological Society and their relevant State Psychologists Registration Boards, develop and demonstrate critical thinking about the higher level conceptualisation of the ethical, legal and psychological issues associated with human behaviour and psychological practice, and monitor and develop their own abilities and well-being as clinicians.


One clinical research-oriented class presentation and accompanying paper (4000 words): 50%; and One essay or case study (4000 words): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

3 hours per week

Off-campus attendance requirements

For off-campus, students must attend a one-week residential school


Successful completion of EDF6501