Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr John Roodenburg


This unit is concerned with developing a sound evidence-based understanding of, and required skills for working with, individuals and therapeutic groups across the lifespan on the identification, intervention, and treatment of psychological problems and psychopathology incorporating an educational and developmental perspective. Ethical, legal issues and case management issues (e.g. keeping records) are considered. The unit develops participants' understanding and skills in clinical interventions in relation to a broad range of child, adolescent and adult problems and psychopathology.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. show development of their personal clinical skills and self-reflective capacities to an advanced level
  2. identify and develop evidence-based intervention and treatment programs for psychological problems and psychopathology across the lifespan, including reactive and behavioural difficulties, adjustment and relational difficulties, depression and anxiety, difficulties associated with various developmental stages including old age
  3. implement a range of evidence-based approaches with a particular emphasis on cognitive and behavioural principles
  4. show appropriate understanding of research methodologies for evaluating evidence-based practice
  5. have an understanding of associated legal/ethical issues
  6. demonstrate a knowledge of local human service systems relevant to the needs of the professional psychologist.


Three forms of assessment; one of which may comprise participation in class and a sequence of on-line quizzes.
Assessment 1: 2500 words equivalent; 30%
Assessment 2: 2800 words equivalent; 35%
Assessment 3: 2800 words equivalent; 35%
Each assessment task forms a hurdle requirement. Students must achieve a minimum of 50% in each of the tasks in order to pass the unit.

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Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 24 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 3 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week


Successful completion of EDF6504 and an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited four year sequence in psychology