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 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Janette Simmonds


This unit builds on core learning from EDF6501, further developing clinical and professional psychological practice in a sound ethical context. In the linked topics on psychotherapy with more than one, couple, family and group psychotherapeutic interventions are studied and practised. Topics include ethical, moral and legal responsibilities and dilemmas in clinical practice, assessing professional competencies and managing boundaries and multiple clients, and ethical psychological research and reporting. In the linked topics on 'counselling more than one', couple, family and group psychotherapeutic interventions are studied and practised.


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

  1. appreciate how psychotherapy with more than one differs from individual psychotherapy and acquire some essential concepts of human systems functioning and inter-relational psychodynamics
  2. through experiential exercises and guided practice, develop some initial competencies for psychotherapy with couples, groups and organisations and to assist individual clients in their wider contexts, and critically consider the research concerning the scientific evaluation of various psychotherapies
  3. implement the ethical requirements of the Australian Psychological Society and their relevant state psychologists registration boards, develop and demonstrate critical thinking about the higher level conceptualisation of the ethical, legal and psychological issues associated with human behaviour and psychological practice, and monitor and develop their own abilities and wellbeing as clinicians.


Clinical research-oriented class presentation and accompanying paper (4000 words, 50%)
Essay or case study (4000 words, 50%)

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)