Overview

This Unit allows students to develop their counselling skills with clients in their chosen specialisation by providing counselling and/or participating in decision-making around treatment for clients within a real agency setting. In the couple counselling stream, students will be able to participate in a reflective supervision team in order to enhance their understanding of couple counselling theory, practice and application. Students in the human services and forensic counselling streams will develop competencies in working with clients in a community agency using counselling microskills and evidence-based practice under supervision.

Requisites

Prerequisites
PSC70008 Advanced Counselling
PSC60004 Ethics and Cultural Diversity for Counsellors
PSC60001 Foundations of Counselling
PSC70023 Couple Counselling Practice and Application
PSC70007 Couple Counselling Theory

Rules

Pre-requisite
PSC70008 Advanced Counselling
AND
PSC60004 Ethics and Cultural Diversity for Counsellors
AND
PSC60001 Foundations of Counselling
OR
PSC70023 Couple Counselling Practice and Application
AND
HAYR452 - Couple Counselling Practice
OR
PSC70007 Couple Counselling Theory

Teaching periods
Location
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 1
Location
Hawthorn
Start and end dates
26-February-2024
26-May-2024
Last self-enrolment date
10-March-2024
Census date
31-March-2024
Last withdraw without fail date
12-April-2024
Results released date
02-July-2024
Semester 2
Location
Hawthorn
Start and end dates
29-July-2024
27-October-2024
Last self-enrolment date
11-August-2024
Census date
31-August-2024
Last withdraw without fail date
13-September-2024
Results released date
03-December-2024

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Identify the strengths and limitations of using different models of supervision in their chosen specialisation
  • Identify and apply evidence-based and best-practice approaches to client work and supervision in their chosen specialisation
  • Collaboratively reflect on client work during supervision in order to enhance and guide clinical decisions that benefit client treatment and wellbeing
  • Design an evidence-based clinical case formulation and treatment plan in their chosen specialisation
  • Reflect on their practice and communicate their thinking regarding the presenting problems, case formulations and treatment plans to other professionals in oral and written format

Teaching methods

Hawthorn

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
Workshop
3.00 12 weeks 36
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
Other
5.83 12 weeks 70
Specified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Readings
2.00 12 weeks 24
Specified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Various
1.25 12 weeks 15
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
7.50 12 weeks 90
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
5.42 12 weeks 65
TOTAL300

Assessment

Type Task Weighting ULO's
Professional Experience PortfolioIndividual 100% 1,2,3,4,5 

Content

  • Observation of, and/or participation in, counselling within their chosen area of specialisation (couple counselling and human services stream)
  • Development of a collaborative treatment plan that is relevant to the needs of a couple and informed by couple counselling theory and evidence-based practice (couple counselling stream)
  • Team and individual reflection and discussion (couple counselling stream)
  • Supervision for client work (individual and group) in a relevant community agency
  • Case notes (human services stream)

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.