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
Organisational UnitSouth Africa School of Social Sciences
OfferedSouth Africa Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Cindy Van Wyk


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.


Within semester assessment: 50%
Exam: 50%

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.

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Twelve credit points of second-year Arts units.