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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 presents students with knowledge about a range of contemporary cognitive behavioural therapies including cognitive therapy, rational emotive behaviour therapy, behavioural therapy, narrative therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, reality therapy, dialectic behaviour therapy and solution-focused therapy. Students develop an understanding of these models and their application. The strengths and limitations of each approach are re-examined, and the role of the counsellor within each therapeutic approach is reviewed.


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

  1. identify the features of selected contemporary cognitive behavioural therapies
  2. evaluate the therapeutic effectiveness of selected cognitive behavioural therapy approaches with reference to current research findings
  3. compare the philosophical basis of an established therapy within the 'third-wave' of therapy
  4. apply cognitive, reality and behavioural therapies in counselling role plays
  5. develop a case conceptualisation using a cognitive behavioural approach


Visual group role-play of cognitive behaviour therapies form (2000 words, 50%)
Case conceptualisation (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

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

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

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