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

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Sandra Stewart


This unit develops students competency in counselling research and counselling skills through the introduction of a range of evidence-based psychotherapies. Students learn the process of conducting systematic literature reviews, appraise research papers and develop a methodology to summarise evidence-based practice. Students learn relevant core skills and theoretical concepts underpinning the therapeutic process and extend their practical knowledge on counselling interventions in order to be effective in developing a helping relationship with a range of client groups. The unit also provides guided rehearsal and development of skills relating to general professional psychological practice.


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

  1. conduct a systematic literature review, framed by a specific research question or issue
  2. apply core counselling skills to a variety of presenting issues
  3. have sufficient understanding of different theoretical models in current psychotherapy including the evidence base to support these
  4. appreciate how to conceptualise presenting issues and apply appropriate interventions
  5. competently work with different client populations.


Supervised practicum related activities are undertaken in this unit which contribute to the total placement hours required in EDF5517.


Systematic literature review (4000 words, 50%)
Class presentation (2000 words equivalent, 30%)
Weekly quiz (2000 words equivalent, 20%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 24 hours per week comprising:

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

  • 2.5-hour lecture/workshop per week
  • 0.5 hour per week supervision of placement-related activity

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

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

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


Successful completion of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited four-year sequence in psychology.