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)
Hong Kong Term 3 2014 (Off-campus)
Singapore Term 3 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Mr Douglas Scott (First semester, Clayton evening, Hong Kong and Singapore); Ms Leesa Tinney (First semester, Clayton off-campus)


Research into the issues commonly raised by clients in a variety of counselling settings has shown that there is a core of problems which frequently occur. These can be divided into several areas; firstly, difficulties arising in relationships, including personal, family, work and community; secondly, conflicts within an individual's personal habits, and thirdly, challenges to do with maturation and ageing. This unit aims to provide students with background information on these issues and effective evidence based methods for dealing with them. This will focus on cognitive and behavioural techniques commonly used to help individuals cope with the stress caused by many of these problems.


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

  1. be introduced to a core of problems raised by counselling clients and be informed about the social contexts of these problems
  2. provide information about the personality factors within individuals which contribute to these problems
  3. describe the counselling techniques used to help people in these problematic settings
  4. gain instruction in using ancillary techniques which help people cope in general.


Case study 1 (4000 words, 50%)
Case study 2 (4000 words, 50%)
Each case study will cover analysis, discussion of theoretical background to treatment alternatives but majoring on CBT and then illustrating possible intervention by setting out a CBT based case plan in practical detail.

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Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 24 hours per week comprising:

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

  • 3 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week


EDF6531 or corequisite