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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 3, 0.250 EFTSL

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

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedNot offered in 2011
Coordinator(s)Ms Carolyn Aston


On completion of this unit students will have acquired a knowledge of practical counselling skills and had some experience in practicing them. They will also learn about the phases of change which individuals go through in the process of first becoming aware of a problem to its resolution. Since the counselling of students raises questions related to development, students will gain some knowledge of personality development and how different personal styles affect counselling.


  1. To increase knowledge about the nature of counselling and its applications in educational settings;
  2. To develop skills in conceptualising presentations;
  3. To improve basic skills in engaging and counselling troubled people in acute and chronic situations;
  4. To develop a plan to evaluate interventions and develop plans for future counselling.


Written case presentation, with a case formulation (20%)
Oral case presentation, with recommendations, description of intervention and its evaluation (30%)
Essay on one aspect of counselling, the nature of anxiety, depression, anger; and aggression or a process of counselling such as the counselling relationship, empathy, evaluation of counselling or a topic to be approved by the convenor (50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Carolyn Aston

Off-campus attendance requirements

3 day on-campus workshop


MHT0001, MHT0002