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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0 points, SCA Band 1, 0.000 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Full year 2015 (Flexible)
Clayton Second semester to First semester 2015 (Evening)
Clayton Second semester to First semester 2015 (Online)
Hong Kong Term 2 2015 (Online)
Hong Kong Term 3 2015 (Online)
Singapore Term 3 2015 (Online)
Hong Kong Term 4 2015 (Online)
Singapore Term 4 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Dr Angela Gormen-Alesi (Clayton); Dr Nicky Jacobs (Hong Kong, Singapore);


This unit includes a field placement (practicum) that develops a range of professional skills and acquaints students with issues of professional ethics and practice in counselling, building on placement activities undertaken in the course. Throughout the course and their supervised field placement, students are required to complete 300 placement hours in total, of which 200 hours are 'contact' hours (e.g. face-to-face, telephone, group and online counselling) and 100 hours are 'non-contact' (e.g. observation, case notes, meetings). Throughout the course and their field placement studies, students are also required to complete 50 hours of supervision (of which at least 25 hours are individual supervision). Students also participate in weekly online discussion groups and postings throughout the duration of their placement.


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

  1. develop advanced knowledge and skills in professional practice and competency
  2. gain experience in the implementation of ethical principles in field practice
  3. complete a professional log book and case notes
  4. make appropriate specialist and agency referrals
  5. gain an advanced knowledge of local human services systems
  6. understand legal and ethical principles relevant to the field of counselling.


This unit is graded pass grade only (PGO).
Student must achieve a pass for both elements of this unit:
Field supervisor evaluation of placement performance
University supervisor evaluation of log book

Workload requirements

300 hours of scheduled placement activities throughout the course and during the supervised placement

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study