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 3 2015 (Online)
Singapore Term 3 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Mr Jeff Roberts (Clayton, evening); Ms Angela Gorman-Alesi (Clayton, online); Dr Andrea Reupert (Hong Kong and Singapore, online)


This unit introduces students to the theoretical and applied aspects of counselling to individuals, couples and groups and the evidence base which informs these. It introduces students to basic and advanced micro-skills, concepts and theories that are currently used in counselling practice with individuals, couples and groups. Students develop and practise their micro-skills and techniques over the semester and learn the underpinnings that inform the dynamics of counselling processes and stages for individuals, couples and groups. The unit also examines a range of strategies used by therapists to note, track and evaluate the progress of the client in therapy. This unit enables students to reflect on their cultural awareness and sensitivities and the ways in which their personal development may influence their counselling practice.


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

  1. understand, differentiate and critically evaluate the central approaches to counselling and psychotherapy
  2. learn and practise counselling micro-skills in a systematic manner
  3. understand the dynamics and diversity of individual, couple and group counselling and apply their skills accordingly
  4. critically appraise their performance as counsellors
  5. apply information about the therapeutic alliance and other relevant strategies for helping clients in counselling therapy
  6. cultivate sensitivity to other people's cultural and personal ways and preferences
  7. consider and understand their own values and style and their influence on counselling practice
  8. develop treatment plans and produce practice notes.


Critical essay (3000 words, 40%)
Self-appraisal of therapeutic practice of an individual client (5000 words, 60%)

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
  • a compulsory 3-day residential school at the Clayton campus

(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