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)
Hong Kong Term 4 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Dr Sandra Stewart


This unit extends students' counselling practice through a focus on three elements of professionalism: evidence-based practice; advanced intervention, assessment and reporting skills; and reflective practice. Students examine applied and academic research and evaluation in relation to mental health issues and counselling, and evaluate the quality of, and approaches used to gather, research evidence. Students consolidate their skills in case formulation, documenting evidence-based interventions appropriate assessment tools and instruments. Through their deepening professional practice, students take up opportunities for self-reflection on their own professional development as counsellors.


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

  1. demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills of professional counselling practice
  2. examine research-based evidence and evaluate it according to quality indicators
  3. demonstrate advanced intervention planning to address client needs
  4. extend familiarity with a variety of assessment instruments and tools and implement these in practice
  5. demonstrate skills in case formulation, reporting and maintaining clear case notes which convey a depth of professional knowledge
  6. recognise the need for appropriate specialist and agency referrals and engagement with local human services systems
  7. reflect on the legal, ethical and professional principles and practices relevant to counselling.


Literature review of a mental health issue (4000 words, 50%)
Case report (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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