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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Dr Tam Cai Lian



  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit familiarises students with the professional aspects of counselling. Students are introduced to the different ways in which counselling is offered: including online and distance counselling, individual, couples and group counselling. Students explore the many settings in which counselling takes place including career and vocational counselling, mental health settings, spiritual centres and school counselling. Creative approaches to counselling such as play therapy and art therapy and the counselling of diverse and special populations are investigated. The unit also introduces students to the professional organisations in their areas of practice as well as regulations which govern counselling practice.


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

  1. explain the diversity of professional counselling
  2. demonstrate knowledge of the variety of settings and populations in which counselling takes place
  3. demonstrate familiarity with counselling in diverse client populations
  4. distinguish between individual, couple and group therapy
  5. differentiate and critically appraise the varied forms of counselling
  6. apply practical counselling experience after learning in the field


2 days


Professional counselling interview and presentation (2000 words, 50%)
Essay detailing the counselling service provision to a specific client group (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

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

  • 36 hours of engagement in online, face-to-face or blended platforms over the semester
  • Additional requirements (all students):
    • independent study to make up the required minimum hours during the semester

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    Chief examiner(s)

    This unit applies to the following area(s) of study