Advanced Counselling Placement

PSC80004, formerly HAYS512 25 Credit Points Singapore


  • 1 Semester

Contact hours

  • 350 hours including 100 hours of client contact. See also Teaching Method.




Aims and objectives

This unit, involving practica, aims to enhance learning associated with professional practice across a variety of counselling settings. These practica are concerned primarily with helping students to apply their theoretical understanding of counselling procedures to the counselling practice setting. Students will be allocated clients at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital Clinic and at other external locations approved by the Course Coordinator including schools and mental health centres.

Students will be allocated clients in accordance with their existing levels of counselling skills, their professional skills and their professional interests. A normal case load will be four clients per week. Students will be expected to see a mixture of child, adolescent and adult clients and to gather experience in working with groups and families as well as individuals.

A supervisor will be appointed and will meet regularly with the student for supervision. The supervisor will be appointed by the hospital and ECTA staff. Students will also meet in small group supervision sessions to discuss their clients. Students will present reports on cases for discussion by the group. In addition, each student will write a case summary after termination with each client.
For Masters, the 50 work days (350 hours) must include at least 100 hours of client contact. Students will be evaluated by the
supervisor(s) most directly associated with their work, together with the coordinator.
Learning Objectives
After successfully completing this unit, students should be able to:
* Demonstrate understanding and ability to undertake an psychological assessment, which includes: Identifying patient-concerns; diagnostic assessment; therapist-client therapeutic goals; possible therapeutic barriers to change
* Demonstrate ability to critically review client progress and undertake regular client assessment to identify client progress
* Demonstrate ability of independent learning and ability to learn from supervisors and group peer-supervision meetings
* Ability to present case studies (including identification of assessment and clear client-therapist goals, possible therapeutic barriers to change) in a concise and professional way to other peers

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Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014. Please ensure that you check the unit entry for the correct 2014 unit code.