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

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

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Evening)
Clayton First semester 2015 (Online)
Hong Kong Term 1 2015 (Online)
Singapore Term 1 2015 (Online)
Hong Kong Term 4 2015 (Online)
Singapore Term 4 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Ms Leesa Tinney (Clayton, evening; Term 1 - Hong Kong and Singapore, online); Mr Douglas Scott (Clayton, online)


Research into the issues commonly raised by clients in a variety of counselling settings has shown that there is a core of problems which frequently occur. These can be divided into several areas; firstly, difficulties arising in relationships, including personal, family, work and community; secondly, conflicts within an individual's personal habits; and thirdly, challenges to do with maturation and ageing. This unit provides students with background information on these issues and effective evidence-based methods for dealing with them. It focuses on cognitive and behavioural techniques commonly used to help individuals cope with the stress caused by many of these problems.


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

  1. identify core problems raised by counselling clients and understand the social contexts of these problems
  2. provide information about the personality factors within individuals which contribute to these problems
  3. describe the counselling techniques used to help people in these problematic settings
  4. gain instruction in using ancillary techniques which help people cope in general.


Case study 1 (4000 words, 50%)
Case study 2 (4000 words, 50%)
Each case study covers analysis, discussion of theoretical background to treatment alternatives but majoring on cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and then illustrating possible intervention by setting out a CBT-based case plan in practical detail.

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester/term comprising:

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

  • 3 contact hours per week

(b.) Requirements for offshore Kaplan-based students:

  • intensive teaching sessions requiring student engagement prior to, during and after sessions

(c.) Additional requirements (all students)

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


EDF6531 or corequisite