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Dr Sonam Pelden


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

Sonam is a Lecturer with the School of Arts and Humanities. She is the Postgraduate field placement coordinator for the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy and also supervises PhD students.

Current teaching

  • Unit coordinator and Lecturer for COU5303 Couples and Family Therapy
  • Unit coordinator and Lecturer for COU6412 Psychotherapy Research
  • Unit Coordinator and Lecturer for COU1212 Culture and Diversity in Therapeutic practice
  • Unit Coordinator and Lecturer for COU6424 Field placement 1
  • Unit Coordinator and Lecturer for COU6425 Field placement 2.


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

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)

Journal Articles

  • Pelden, S., Banham, V., (2020), Counselling Placements Caught up in the Mismatch of Standards And Realities: Lessons From COVID-19. Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 14(4), 1-8.
  • Pelden, S., Reid Boyd, E., Grobbelaar, M., Adusei-Asante, K., Hopkins, L., (2019), Ladies, Gentlemen and Guys: The Gender Politics of Politeness. Social Sciences, 8(2), Article number 56, DOI: 10.3390/socsci8020056.

Conference Publications

  • Adusei-Asante, K., Pelden, S., (2018), Gender Impact Assessment: Theoretical Challenges. IAIA18 Conference Proceedings, pp7, Online, International Association for Impact Assessment.
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