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 aims to increase students' understanding of the various psychological theories that inform the practice of psychology and the modalities of psychotherapeutic intervention. Through student presentation and class discussion, students will be introduced to a number of current topics, contrasting counselling theories and their relevant evidence base.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. Explain contemporary research, theoretical and applied issues in counselling psychology.
  2. Critically examine current counselling literature.
  3. Appraise the role of culture in the expression of psychological discomfort.
  4. Evaluate psychological interventions by means of informed group discussions.


Within semester assessment: 40%
Exam: 60%

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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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


AZA440, AZA4420, AZA4445, AZA4480