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)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Evening)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Online)
Hong Kong Term 1 2015 (Online)
Singapore Term 1 2015 (Online)
Hong Kong Term 3 2015 (Online)
Singapore Term 3 2015 (Online)
Coordinator(s)Ms Sophie Harvey (Clayton - evening); Ms Catherine Dove (Clayton - online); Dr Nicky Jacobs (Term 1 and 3 - Hong Kong, Singapore online)


The unit is a field placement (practicum) and develops a range of professional skills and acquaints students with issues of professional ethics and practice in counselling. Students complete one placement where they are required to spend a total of 280 hours, of which 100 hours are 'contact' hours (face-to-face counselling) and 180 hours are 'non contact'. Students are also required to participate in weekly online discussion groups and postings throughout the duration of the 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. write reports and case notes
  4. make appropriate specialist and agency referrals
  5. gain an advanced knowledge of local human services systems
  6. understand of legal and ethical principles relevant to the field of counselling.


Overall students must complete a minimum of 280 hours (35 days) of field placement experience, including a minimum of 100 client contact hours


Written case report (4000 words, 60%)
Supervisor evaluation (4000 words equivalent, 40%) (comprising 30% Field Supervisor and 10% University supervisor)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 24 hours per week comprising:

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

  • 3-hour workshop per week plus field experience

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

  • online activities/discussions plus field experience

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

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

(d.) Additional requirements for all students:

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

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)