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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)


This unit is an introduction to counselling child and adolescent clients and explores the childhood and teen years in which specific developmental milestones are reached. This challenging time for parents and teachers, during which children are learning about their place within the family, school and community, is examined within the context of counselling. Students develop responsive counselling approaches for the challenges facing children and adolescents.


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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the major developmental milestones of children and adolescents
  2. demonstrate an understanding of typical challenges faced by children and adolescents
  3. recognise the process of development of 'self' within society
  4. examine the effectiveness of various approaches to counselling children and adolescents
  5. develop counselling skills suitable for child and adolescent clients.


Vignettes of developmental stages (2000 words, 50%)
Case study analysis (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

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

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

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