Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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 3, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Psychological Sciences
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Pamela Snow


On completion of this unit students will have acquired a knowledge of practical counselling skills and had some experience in practicing them. They will also learn about the phases of change which individuals go through in the process of first becoming aware of a problem to its resolution. Since the counselling of students raises questions related to development, students will gain some knowledge of personality development and how different personal styles affect counselling.


Upon completion of this unit, students should be able:

  1. To increase knowledge about the nature of counselling and its applications in educational settings;
  2. To develop skills in conceptualising presentations;
  3. To improve basic skills in engaging and counselling troubled people in acute and chronic situations;
  4. To develop a plan to evaluate interventions and develop plans for future counselling.


Written case presentation, with a case formulation (20%)
Oral case presentation, with recommendations, description of intervention and its evaluation (30%)
Essay on one aspect of counselling, the nature of anxiety, depression, anger; and aggression or a process of counselling such as the counselling relationship, empathy, evaluation of counselling or a topic to be approved by the convenor (50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

2 day on-campus workshop.


MHT4001 (MHT0001) and MHT4002 (MHT0002).