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Dr Sonam Pelden


Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5671, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO4.103
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5671
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO4.103  


Sonam is a Lecturer (Counselling and Psychotherapy) within the School of Arts and Humanities. She is the Postgraduate field placement coordinator for the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy and also supervises research projects of the students from the same course.

Current teaching

  • COU1201 - Therapeutic Practice with Families and Couples
  • COU1212 - Culture and diversity on Therapeutic practice
  • COU6424 - Field placement 1
  • COU6425 - Field placement 2


2002 - 2012: Senior counsellor, counsellor educator, clinical supervisor and policy developer for the Ministry of Education in Bhutan.
2012 - 2015: Research assistant and sessional tutor, School of OT & Social Work, Curtin University

Research areas and interests

  • Suicide in adolescents
  • Researching vulnerable groups
  • Culturally appropriate intervention strategies in counselling and research
  • Youth and family counselling
  • School counselling and education policy in Bhutan


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Curtin University of Technology, 2016.
  • Master of Human Services Counselling with Distinction, Curtin University of Technology, 2009.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Conference Publications

  • Adusei-Asante, K., Pelden, S., (2018), Gender Impact Assessment: Theoretical Challenges., pp7.
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