GEN PRAC 5005 - Counselling Skills 1
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code GEN PRAC 5005 Course Counselling Skills 1 Coordinating Unit General Practice Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 2 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Course Description Counselling Skills 1 introduces the students to the fundamental elements of counselling.
In addition to understanding the theoretical perspectives that underpin core counselling practice, students will develop a range of discrete skills including: attending, observing, listening, responding accurately and empathically to clients, and identifying inappropriate and unhelpful practices.
Students will be given maximum opportunity to develop their counselling skills in a structured and supportive environment.
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Demonstrate an understanding of Carkhuff's Three Phase Model of Counselling; 2 Acquire knowledge of, and competence in, the pre-helping skills; 3 Produce a series of accurate empathetic responses to client statements; 4 Discriminate and rate the different levels of effective and ineffective responses accurately, and discern unhelpful/inappropriate counselling behaviours; 5 Manage a genuine client issue and provide a series of effective responses (in accordance with the criteria to be detailed in class); 6 Demonstrate the ability to critique and rate one’s own counselling responses and set goals for improvement.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-6 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1-4 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2-6 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2, 3, 5, 6 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1, 2, 4 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-6 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-6
Nelson-Jones, R. (2013) Introduction to Counselling Skills: Text and Activities 4th edition Sage Publications, London
This text has been ordered and will be available from mid-February at Unibooks which is at the Victoria Drive end of the Main Campus at the University of Adelaide.
Recommended ResourcesCarkhuff, R. (2009). The art of helping in the 21st Century. (9th ed.). Amherst, MA: Human Resource Development Press, Inc.
Corey, G. (2009). Theory and practice of counselling and psychotherapy. (8th ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson Brooks/Cole.
Corey, M. S., & Corey, G. (2011). Becoming a helper. (6th ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.
Egan, G. (2009). The skilled helper. (9th ed.). Belmont, CA: Thomson Brooks/Cole.
Geldard, D., &Geldard, K. (2009). Basic personal counselling: a training manual for counsellors. (6th ed.). Sydney, NSW: Pearson/Prentice Hall.
Ivey, A., Ivey, M., &Zalaquett, C. (2012). Essentials of intentional interviewing: Counselling in a multicultural world. (2nd ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.
Kottler, J. A., & Shepard, D. S. (2011). Introduction to counseling: Voices from the field. (7th ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.
McLeod, J. (2009). An introduction to counselling. (4th ed.). Buckingham, UK: Open University Press.
Nelson-Jones, R. (2007). Practical counselling and helping skills. (5th ed.). London: Sage Publications.
Neukrug, E. S. (2011). Counseling theory and practice. Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.
Neukrug, E. S. (2012). The world of the counselor: An introduction to the counseling profession. (4th ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole.
Rogers, C. (2004). On becoming a person: A therapist’s view of psychotherapy. London: Constable & Robinson Ltd.
Smaby, M. H., & Maddux, C. D. (2011). Basic and advanced counseling skills: The skilled counselor training model. Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning.
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe aim of this course is to enable students to develop an understanding of the core counselling process, and to acquire the fundamental counselling skills that are essential for any counselling or psychotherapy practice.
We encourage you to see practice sessions as an ‘experimental laboratory’ where you can try out new behaviours, be relieved of the ‘pressure to be perfect’, be supported by staff and peers, and to offer support to fellow students in learning. In the practice sessions, students are asked to work in practice groups to apply the material covered in lectures.
There are two kinds of possible practice activities in this course. These are:
counselling interviews with three other students—using real material,—where each member takes on a specific role (for detail see ‘roles and tasks’ below);
pencil and paper activities that are usually conducted in small groups.
For details of how to undertake both kinds of practice activities, see sections below.
The skills you will be taught will be practised in the sequence outlined in the counselling process: attending, observing, listening and responding.
There are three roles that you will undertake as you learn these skills. These are the roles of ‘student-counsellor’, ‘student-client’, and ‘observer’, which you will receive detailed information about at the commencement of the course.
Adopting the Role of the Student-Counsellor
This is obviously the primary role that you will need to master in order to develop effective counselling skills, and successfully complete the assessment requirements.
You will be required to adopt the attending position that will be taught in class and respond with the formula that will also be covered in the training.
It is important that you suspend your current counselling practice, or if you do not have this, your usual range of interpersonal responses.
The formula we will be teaching is for learning purposes only. You may choose to adopt it in your own counselling practice but its purpose is to assist you with focussing on the essential elements of responding and thereby liberate you from worrying about how to structure your responses to the student-client. Further, the formula may appear elementary and therefore may be dismissed as too simple or too basic however, you will discover that it is not a straightforward skill to acquire and can take considerable practice to achieve competency.
Adopting the Role of the Student-Client
Given that we cannot recruit ‘real clients’ for you to practice your counselling, we require you to adopt this role. It is important to note that this is NOT a role-play and that you will need to identify a few areas of your life that you are willing to explore with a student-counsellor. The purpose of the student-client presenting genuine material is to allow the student-counsellor the challenge of working with real issues AND allow for a sustained delivery of counsellor responses. Please note that presenting non-genuine material is both transparent and uncooperative in a shared learning process.
In your role as a student-client we request that you present an issue that is manageable for the student-counsellor, that is, neither too complex nor too superficial. Although Counselling Skills 1 is not an opportunity to resolve an issue that is bothering you, we do ask you to begin considering the types of problems that you could comfortably present and that could elicit 5-15 responses from the student-counsellor – a handout will be presented to you in class to help you identify the types of problem areas you may wish to explore.
Please note that you are required to prepare for this role prior to coming to class and be ready to quickly assume the role of student-client. Your colleagues and lecturers will not appreciate any delay on your behalf as this will waste valuable practice time.
Finally, as the student-client you will have an opportunity to experience the value of being listened to carefully and empathically, and the benefit of being helped to explore and articulate issues. You will also experience the reality and impact of ineffective responses which will help shape your own counselling practice. It is also important to note that any issue, along with all the classroom activities, will be protected by strict levels of confidentiality by all the participants (including the teaching staff) in the Course.
Adopting the Role of the Observer
We will be working in groups of three or four (depending on class numbers), which initially will be randomly selected, and you will also have the opportunity to work across a number of groups. The group will rotate the roles of student-counsellor, student-client and observer(s) to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to practice.
The role of the observer requires you to note the student-counsellor’s behaviours and to record the attending behaviours and counselling responses on a recording sheet that will be given out in class. Please note that feedback should be given sensitively and confined to what actually happened in the counselling activity NOT what you thought of the encounter or how you would have gone about it. Remember it is better to describe what you thought was either helpful or unhelpful practice rather than limit your observations to unhelpful phrases such as ‘that was good’ or ‘that was poor’.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The teaching methods in this course will employ a range of techniques to allow the integration and understanding of the content presented. Counselling practice sessions and workshop activities will be employed in addition to the traditional methods of communicating information. Further, it is expected that by creating an environment that promotes the practice of individual responsibility as essential for students in managing their own and others learning, it will also complement the expectations that current counselling agencies adopt.
Counselling Skills 1 commences with a two, full day, intensive workshop and is followed up with three, 3 hour practice workshops. Because this course is conducted as a series of workshops it is essential that you meet the 100% attendance requirement of this course. Please also note that because the first two days of Counselling Skills 1 occur on a Friday and Saturday in early March, you need to factor this in when making bookings etc for all of the possible social events that occur in Adelaide at that time of the year. For example, having pre-purchased tickets for WOMADELAIDE or Clipsal will not be an acceptable reason to not attend this course.
Finally, it is assumed that all students are of a mature age, professionally educated and motivated to adopt the responsibilities associated with post-graduate study. Therefore, a level of intellectual effort (including a minimum of 10 hours of private study time outside of formal class time per week), and a level of commitment and participation in class activities, is expected.
Learning Activities Summary
Week Topic Lecture Intensive Workshop Day 1 Overview of Course Course learning outcomes; assessment;
Clarifying Roles of Student-Counsellor;
Student-Client & Observer.
Intensive Workshop Day 1 Theoretical Orientation 3 Phase Model of Helping:
Exploration and Responding; Self Understanding
& Personalising; Initiate & Action.
Intensive Workshop Day 1 Pre-helping Skills Creating a Suitable Counselling Environment. Optimal Attending & Observing Skills. Intensive Workshop Day 1 Listening and Responding Understanding & Demonstrating Empathy.
Formulating Empathic Responses.
Intensive Workshop Day 2 Listening and Responding Responding to Meaning: Externalised
Intensive Workshop Day 2 Discriminating between Effective and Ineffective Responses How to Rate Counsellor Responses. Intensive Workshop Day 2 Developing Counselling Skills Skills Practice in Groups of Four. Intensive Workshop Day 2 Developing Counselling Skills Skills Practice in Groups of Four:
Self Reflective Exercise;
Review Assignment 1.
Follow-up Workshop 1 Developing Counselling Skills Advanced Empathy;
Review Assignment 2.
Follow-up Workshop 2 Developing Counselling Skills Person-centred Therapy: Current Applications in Counselling Agencies Skills Practice Follow-up Workshop 3 Developing Counselling Skills Bringing it All Together.
Assessment 1 Feedback & Assessment 2.
Where To From Here: Counselling Skills 2.
Specific Course RequirementsNone.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceN/A
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed Class Participation Due: Ongoing Summative 10% 1-6 Written Assignment Due: TBA Summative 30% 1-4 Skills Application Due: TBA Summative 60% 1, 3, 4, 5, 6
Assessment Related RequirementsN/A
Assessment DetailClass Participation
In accordance with both university policy and the group norms identified in class.
Completion of a take home assignment booklet, which will cover all the work presented in the Intensive Workshop. Booklet to be distributed in class.
Completion of a video/digital recording session in which student counsellors will deliver a series of responses (in accordance with the criteria set in the assignment) to a student-client presenting a genuine counselling issue. A critique of the counselling session is also required.
SubmissionSubmission of Assignments
Please submit the first assignment, titled: Written Assignment at the start of Follow-up Workshop 1: due date TBA
You may either hand up your DVD of your counselling session early, that is, at the end of Follow-up Workshop 3 due date TBA OR you can forward it by post so that it is received by due date TBA. Assignment 2 should be marked CONFIDENTIAL and secured in an appropriate package and either submitted by post to:
Dr. Greg Smith,
Course coordinator, Counselling Skills 1
Discipline of General Practice
The University of Adelaide
Or delivered personally, by you, to the office reception, ensuring that the package is both secure and marked CONFIDENTIAL, and addressed to Greg Smith.
Feedback on assignments will be provided to students within 4 weeks of completion of the task so that students can take advantage of this feedback.
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Up to one week
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Please note that Counselling Skills 1 is assessed according to the GS8 Grading Scheme. Please see the relevant assessment grading categories, below.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
GS8 (Coursework Grade Scheme) Grade Description CN Continuing FNS Fail No Submission NFE No Formal Examination F Fail NGP Non Graded Pass P Pass C Credit D Distinction HD High Distinction RP Result Pending
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