Faculty of Education

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Clayton First semester 2014 (Evening)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Evening)
Hong Kong Term 2 2014 (Off-campus)
Singapore Term 2 2014 (Off-campus)
Hong Kong Term 4 2014 (Off-campus)
Singapore Term 4 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jenny Barnes (First semester, Clayton evening); Ms Jeanette Fredman (First semester, Clayton off-campus); Ms Claire Hutton (Second semester, Clayton evening); Ms Jeanette Fredman (Second semester, Clayton off-campus); Dr Brett Furlonger (Hong Kong and Singapore)


This unit is designed to introduce students to a range of issues and approaches to counselling across the lifespan. Students will identify psychological issues that arise in the course of normal lifespan development: explore practice frameworks including historical background and contemporary ideas, be introduced to the process of therapy, learn to distinguish between preventative and remedial interventions, explore multicultural counselling, ethics in counselling and learn how to apply a variety of strategies to counselling interventions across the lifespan.


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

  1. understand the theory and frameworks of the major schools of counselling and psychotherapy
  2. relate appropriate therapeutic approaches and a range of strategies to the corresponding developmental stage focusing on child/adolescent, adult and the aged
  3. explore alternate modes of delivery including online and telephone counselling
  4. understand the qualities and skills needed to be an effective counsellor and explore the ethical principles and practices related to counselling.


Group case study analysis 1 (2400 words, 30%)
Individual case study analysis 2 (5600 words, 70%)

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Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 24 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 3 hours of lectures per week

(b.) Singapore and Hong Kong students

  • online study as well as an intensive face to face week

(b.) Additional requirements

  • 21 hours of independent study per week including activities such as electronic reference searching, completion of practical exercises, reading and assignment preparation

Off-campus attendance requirements

Off campus students require 24 hours per week private study time involving activities such as electronic reference searching completion of practical exercises, reading and assignment preparation.