Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Tom Whelan


Students will receive training in Egan's model of helping and basic counselling micro skills. Solution focused therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy theory and methods will also be reviewed and practiced. Students are encouraged to develop their own approach to counselling through reflection on counselling experiences and practical exercises.


On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. understand and demonstrate a basic level of competence in Egan's helping model;
  2. demonstrate competence in counselling microskills;
  3. understand and develop skills in Solution Focused Therapy;
  4. understand and develop skills in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
  5. develop own approach to counselling.


Essay (2000 words) 30%
2 Counselling tapes and evaluation (2,000 words) 70%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Diane Vella-Brodrick

Off-campus attendance requirements

Five-day on-campus workshop

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