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 Janette Simmonds


In this unit, core research-based psychotherapies and psychological counselling skills are studied and practised. Topics include various current psychotherapies, models of psychotherapeutic helping, advanced skills, issues in evaluating evidence and outcome, assumptions and issues underlying research paradigms in counselling psychology, psychopharmacology, diversity-sensitive psychotherapy.


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

  1. demonstrate knowledge and application of various psychotherapies and relevant psychological counselling microskills and integrate them to conduct effective sessions
  2. describe and apply sound practice principles concerning the therapeutic relationship, setting, record keeping and varied interventions.


Clinical development essay and journal (5000 words equivalent, 55%)
Transcript and annotation of counselling session (3000 words equivalent, 45%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 24 hours per week comprising:

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

  • 3 contact hours per week

(b.) Contact hours for off-campus students:

  • compulsory one-week residential school

(c.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • independent study to make up the minimum required 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