Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2015 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Debra Manning


The unit provides an understanding of the essential theories, skills and knowledge required for effective counselling with individuals and working with groups. This unit lays the foundations for the development of sound counselling and group work skills to be extended in later units/professional practice.


On successful completion of this unit, students should have a critical understanding of and be able to demonstrate:

  1. The reasons for carrying out a counselling interview;
  2. The various roles performed by Interviewers;
  3. The skills and processes of counselling with individuals
  4. The skills and processes of working with groups,
  5. Assessment and collaborative planning in relation to client/group needs; and
  6. The satisfactory conclusion of the professional relationship.


Within semester assessment: 60%
Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

A compulsory 2-day residential school for off-campus students.



GSC1304, SCW1304