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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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




Not offered in 2016


This unit focuses on the types and incidence of mental health issues and their effects on the individual, family and community. It examines a variety of issues around trauma and grief, addictions to alcohol, drugs, and other mental health issues. Students examine how declining mental health can affect feelings, thoughts and actions. Students are introduced to a number of therapeutic approaches.


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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of mental health issues
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the main issues in grief and trauma counselling and the application of models of assessment to counselling practice
  3. develop and analyse the impact of substance abuse and dependency
  4. develop an understanding of assessment techniques for use with grief, trauma and addictions
  5. examine the current counselling issues for trauma, grief and addictions.


Identifying and analysing a case study of a person with a mental health disorder (2000 words, 50%)
Examination (2 hours, 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

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • Independent study to make up the required minimum hours during the semester.

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