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


In the first part of this unit, students revise and build on psychological research planning and writing skills and develop a counselling psychology research proposal. In the second and third parts, instruction and practice in several differing psychotherapeutic approaches are provided. Topics may vary from year to year, and may include cognitive behavioural and experiential, focusing and mindfulness therapeutic approaches.


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

  1. demonstrate high level understanding and appropriate use of several differing advanced psychotherapeutic approaches in counselling psychology
  2. develop and present a research proposal for a thesis (either minor master's or PhD) in counselling psychology.


Research proposal (4000 words, 50%)
Critical essay (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)