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 First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mrs Janene Swalwell


This unit aims to provide students with an advanced understanding of typical and atypical psychological development across the lifespan. Within the context of an introduction to the advanced therapeutic counselling process, students will learn to facilitate the cycle of effective intervention, behaviour analysis, and change. This unit comprises three sections: typical development, atypical development and behaviour change. Counselling areas (further advanced in EDF6512) include self-reflection, mentoring, establishing a professional relationship a professional relationship, appropriate communication, counselling, and specific intervention skills for children, adolescents, adults, elders and families. Students are introduced to an advanced theoretical understanding of developmental psychology, focusing on a dynamic perspective of developmental outcomes as the result of person-environment interactions. Discussion will also include the development of children with disabilities in the context of the family, and how to facilitate their education within the community.


Upon completion of the unit, students will have developed:

  • evidence-based understanding of human developmental stages and processes, throughout the lifespan
  • high level skills in psycho-educational assessment and treatment approaches for problematic and atypical development
  • the basics of high level skills in the requisite counselling processes and therapeutic skills including trust, role appreciation, self-reflection and collaboration for effective case management to facilitate positive adjustment in human development
  • advanced skills and critical orientation to undertaking behaviour analysis in relation to maladjustment and specific developmental problems.


Three forms of assessment; one of which may comprise participation in class and a sequence of online quizzes.
Assessment 1: 2500 words equivalent; 30%
Assessment 2: 2800 words equivalent; 35%
Assessment 3: 2800 words equivalent; 35%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

24 hours per week including 3 hours contact per week


Successful completion of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited four year sequence in psychology and enrolment in MPsych (Educational and Developmental).