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 Second semester 2015 (Evening)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Online)
Hong Kong Term 3 2015 (Online)
Singapore Term 3 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Ms Leesa Tinney (Clayton evening); Dr Angela Mornane (Clayton, online; Term 3 - Hong Kong, Singapore online)


This unit is an introduction to counselling child and adolescent clients and explores the childhood and teen years in which specific developmental milestones are reached. This challenging time for parents and teachers, during which children are learning about their place within the family, their school and local community, is examined. Students are assisted to understand adolescence as the period during which children begin the transition to adulthood but are still developing maturity and their identity. Students analyse how adolescents expand their horizons and move into the adult world, and the range of challenges that can present as they move towards greater independence.


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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the major developmental milestones of children and adolescents
  2. demonstrate an understanding of typical challenges faced by children and adolescents
  3. recognise the process of development of 'self' within society
  4. reflect on and analyse their own responses as a counsellor to working with children and adolescents
  5. examine the effectiveness of various approaches to counselling children and adolescents
  6. become familiar with the counselling agencies specific to these age groups
  7. develop counselling skills suitable for child and adolescent clients.


Vignettes of developmental stages (4000 words, 50%)
Case study analysis (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