- 2017



Commencement year

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Managing faculty

Faculty of Education

Students studying counselling at Monash enrol in a skills-based course that investigates evidence-based theories and frameworks related to counselling and psychotherapy. Students learn to relate various counselling approaches and strategies across developmental stages (childhood, adolescence, adulthood, old age) while developing a deeper understanding of themselves, their personal values and preferred styles of counselling. The ethical practice of counselling and skills to write case notes and make appropriate referrals are covered. Counselling prepares professionals to work in a wide variety of fields including careers counselling, education, child and family services, child protection services, child psychology, health policy, counselling, family counselling, health services management and rehabilitation counselling. Students are taught by academics with extensive experience working as professional counsellors and/or psychologists. In addition to their academic study, students undertake a minimum of 300 hours of clinical counselling experience.

Professional counselling studies provides knowledge and skills for professionals working in a range of education, community, industrial and service-related settings. The Professional counselling specialisation covers major approaches to counselling, provides training in counselling practice and research, and introduces the study of ethical and professional issues in undertaking counselling as a profession.


For the sequence of units and other requirements refer to the Handbook entry for the relevant course.


For the schedule of units required to complete a given course in this area of study, refer to the Handbook entry for the relevant course.

Relevant courses

Successful completion of this postgraduate specialisation can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the following degree:

  • D6003 Master of Counselling
  • D6006 Master of Professional Counselling

Students in other degrees are not eligible to complete this specialisation.