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 Second semester 2015 (Evening)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Dr Tristan Snell (Clayton-evening); Doug Scott (Clayton-online); Dr Brett Furlonger (Hong Kong); Ms Claire Hutton (Singapore)


This unit presents students with in-depth knowledge about a range of contemporary cognitive behavioural therapies including cognitive therapy, rational emotive behaviour therapy, behavioural therapy, narrative therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, reality therapy, dialectic behaviour therapy and solution-focused therapy. Students develop understandings of these models and their view of the individual and his/her symptoms. The strengths and limitations of each counselling approach are critically examined. The role of the counsellor within each therapeutic approach is contrasted and analysed.


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

  1. identify the features of a range of contemporary cognitive behavioural therapies
  2. critically evaluate the therapeutic effectiveness of each cognitive behavioural therapy counselling approach with reference to current research findings
  3. compare the philosophical basis of a well established therapy with a 'third-wave' therapy
  4. apply the skills of cognitive, reality and behavioural therapies in counselling role plays
  5. develop a case conceptualisation using a cognitive behavioural approach
  6. develop a cognitive-behavioural intervention plan.


Visual group role-play of cognitive behaviour therapies form (4000 words, 50%)
Case conceptualisation and intervention plan (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)

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