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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jocelynne Gordon (on-campus, Clayton); and Dr Janette Simmonds (off-campus)


In this unit, core research-based psychotherapies and psychological counselling skills are studied and practised. Topics include various current psychotherapies, models of psychotherapeutic helping, advanced skills, issues in evaluating evidence and outcome, assumptions and issues underlying research paradigms in counselling psychology, psychopharmacology, diversity-sensitive psychotherapy.


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

  • demonstrate knowledge and application of various psychotherapies and relevant psychological counselling microskills and be able to integrate them to conduct effective sessions; and
  • be able to describe and apply sound practice principles concerning the therapeutic relationship, setting, record keeping and varied interventions.


Clinical Development Essay and Journal (equivalent to 5000 words): 55%; Transcript and annotation of counselling session (equivalent to 3000 words): 45%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Jocelynne Gordon

Contact hours

3 hours per week

Off-campus attendance requirements

Off-campus students must attend a one (1) week Residential school


Successful completion of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited four year sequence in psychology