Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - 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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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Evening)
Clayton First semester 2015 (Online)
Hong Kong Term 2 2015 (Online)
Hong Kong Term 4 2015 (Online)
Singapore Term 4 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Dr Tristan Snell (Clayton - evening); Mr Shane Costello (Clayton - online), Dr Nicky Jacobs (Hong Kong, Singapore - Term 4)


This unit focuses on the incidence of mental health issues and their effects on the individual, family and community. It examines a variety of issues relating to trauma and grief, addictions to alcohol, drugs and other mental health issues. Students examine how the normal highs and lows of life can be managed and how declining mental health can affect feelings, thoughts and actions. Students are introduced to a number of therapeutic approaches.


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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the types of mental health issues
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the main issues in grief and trauma counselling and the application of models of assessment to counselling practice
  3. develop and analyse the impacts on families of substance abuse and dependency
  4. develop an understanding of assessment techniques for use with grief, trauma and addictions
  5. examine the current practice issues for trauma, grief and addictions.


Analysis of a mental health issue (4000 words, 50%)
Case study analysis of a person with a mental health disorder (4000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester comprising:

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

  • equivalent to 36 hours of engagement in online, face-to-face or blended platforms

(b.) Contact hours for off-campus students:

  • equivalent to 36 hours of engagement in online platforms

(c.) Contact hours for offshore students:

  • intensive teaching sessions requiring student engagement prior to, during and after sessions

(d.) Additional requirements (all students)

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

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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