GEN PRAC 7015 - Counselling Placement II
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code GEN PRAC 7015 Course Counselling Placement II Coordinating Unit General Practice Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Minimum of 16 hours per week over 14 weeks Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites GEN PRAC 7012 Restrictions Available to MCounsPsych, student only Course Description This is a capstone course for the clinical pathway to a Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy. It provides students with further supervised practical experience in counselling and psychotherapy. Students will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge of and practice counselling and psychotherapeutic skills with clients, as well as gain experience in writing case notes and reports in this setting. They will also develop experience in collaboration with other health professionals and families of clients, and referral to appropriate other health professionals. Successful completion of this course is required for graduation in the clinical pathway of the Masters of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and this in turn will enable graduates to meet registration requirements of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.
Course StaffCourse Coordinator: Helen Wilson
Phone: +61 8313 0148
Location: Level 11, 178 North Terrace
Course Coordinator: Shannon Asa
Phone: +61 8313 0148
Location: Level 11, 178 North Terrace
Learning & Teaching Team
Phone: +61 8 313 2128
Location: Level 7, 178 North Terrace
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Demostrate appropriate skills to support positive client outcomes in the counselling setting 2 Employ and justify appropriate counselling techniques for responding to a range of client issues in the counselling setting 3 Communicate effectively and professionally with clients and other health professionals in the counselling setting 4 Demonstrate evidence-based practice within the counselling setting 5 Review and critique their own professional practice within a counselling setting 6 Articulate an emerging professional identity as a counsellor.
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. 2,4-6 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1-6 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2-6 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2-5 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-6 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 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
Required ResourcesRelevant texts or articles will be made available via MyUni in response to issues arising during group supervision.
Online LearningOnline Learning:
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesDuring this course, students will undertake a placement of 60 hours of client contact plus the time needed for associated tasks (approximately one hour for every hour of client contact) in a relevant clinical setting in which they will have their own client load (which may comprise individual clients, couples, families and group work). Precise arrangements will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis dependent on placement requirements, and documented in a Learning Agreement, but this is roughly equivalent to a long day each week for 14 weeks.
Placement activities will normally continue during the mid-semester break, unless negotiated otherwise with the placement site.
On-site placement activities may be undertaken over an extended semester (eg from week 5 for Semester 1, or week 26 for Semester 2) where this better suits the requirements of specific placement sites and/or students.
Throughout their placement, students will receive a minimum of 6 hours of supervision with their on-site supervisor, who will provide feedback and guidance with regard to the student’s placement activities. The associated tasks undertaken as part of the placement include induction, research needed for client work, documentation of counselling activities required, liaison with relevant other staff onsite and off-site as needed, and other workplace activities negotiated within their Learning Agreement. Students will also complete a daily log of activities to be submitted at the end of the placement.
Additionally, students will attend five 3-hour group supervision sessions with a member of the teaching team and other students at the University of Adelaide. During these sessions, students will have the opportunity to present and discuss clinical cases and enhance skills development.
Students will also complete one written assignment in which they analyse a case they have encountered during the placement from one of the key theoretical perspectives of counselling/psychotherapy. The assignment will integrate theoretical and practical learning, and include a short reflection regarding their own professional development in relation to the case.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements. In addition to Client contact and preparation/documentation within the Placement Agency, students are required to attend regularly scheduled Group Supervision sessions, and prepare two case reports for verbal presentation, and one written one incorporating theoretical perspectives and reflection on professional development as a counsellor. Some flexibility is expected to reflect Agency and Client variation.
· Client contact: Total 60 hours per semester, weekly times as negotiated
· Associated preparation and documentation: As required (approximately 60 hours per semester)
· Group Supervision at The University: Total 10-12 hours per semester
· Agency Supervision: As negotiated with Placement Agency, with minimum total 6 hours
· Reading and Assignment / Case study Preparation: 2-3 hours per week
Learning Activities SummaryThe specific course content will be dependent on the individual placement location. The group supervision sessions will cover the following: initiating, developing and sustaining professional, positive, and productive relationships with clients, application of assessment and intervention techniques, monitoring client progress, discussion of new skills and their application, presentation of new skills, identification and discussion of problems and challenges with clients and ways to overcome these, and benefits of peer review and supervision. Discussion and presentation of clinical case reports will provide the vehicle for much of this learning.
Specific Course RequirementsPlacement II is one of three Placement courses required to complete the clinical pathway to the Masters of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Before Placement activities within an Agency are undertaken, students are required to complete the University of Adelaide 2012 Insurance Guide for Clinical Placement, and provide a copy to the Course Administrator.
During Placement, Masters students are required to undertake, and document in a log-book, 60 hours of direct client contact within a clinical placement with organisations which provide counselling and meet standards required for accreditation with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), plus associated time and tasks needed to satisfactorily undertake this (estimated up to a total of 60 hours). Some flexibility regarding Student Placement is to be expected, as different Agencies have different available options regarding placement times. Students are expected to be able to practically meet all the attendance and supervision requirements, and have obtained relevant clearances, possibly including, but not limited to Police Clearance, and Mandated Notifying/Child Protection Training.
Placement providers may also have preferences for gender and/or clinical experience depending on the current clientele and treatment options or requirements within their agency. Each placement organisation has an absolute authority to approve and accept students for placement and training, and some may require an interview before commencing a specific student placement.
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 Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed Satisfactory preparation of Learning Agreement, Placement Completion and submission of Log book Summative 50% 1-5 Participation in group supervision Summative 10% 1-5 Verbal Case study presentations Summative 20% 2,4 Integrative Report Summative 20% 1-5
Assessment Related RequirementsN/A
Assessment DetailSatisfactory Placement Completion Due Date TBA
Students are required to complete 60 hours of direct client contact in a counselling/psychotherapeutic setting, in addition to any attendant preparation or documentation associated with this task (approximately 60 hours), to a standard considered satisfactory by their Agency Supervisor in consultation with the Placement Co-ordinator. In consultation with their Supervisors, students must also identify and monitor specific learning objectives for their Placement (in the areas of personal reflection, professional formation and professional competence), which will be monitored to assess their Placement. Time and activities undertaken during their Placement must be accurately documented by the student in a Log-book to be submitted with their Final Evaluation Report by a Date TBA.
Case study Written Report Due Date TBA
Students will write up and submit a Case Study Report following guidelines to be provided. It will include relevant clinical and situational detail, outlining the presenting circumstances for the client/s, their provisional assessment, identify relevant clinical knowledge and skills, make recommendations and/or treatment plan, and reflect upon their own role during, and impact on their, interactions with clients (2,500 – 3,000 words). Theoretical perspectives must be incorporated, and a reflection on the student’s own professional development in relation to the case should be included (500 – 800 words). Further details will be provided during the semester.
Case study presentations Due Date TBA
During Group Supervisory sessions students will be allocated 20 minutes to present a de-identified case-study from their Placement experiences, presented as if in a professional peer supervision context. It will include relevant clinical and situational detail, outlining the presenting circumstances for the client/s, their provisional diagnosis, identify relevant clinical knowledge and skills, make recommendations and/or treatment plan, and reflect upon their own role during, and impact on their, interactions with clients. They will also be required to participate in supportive feedback, problem solving and critical commentary regarding presentations by their fellow students. Further details will be provided during the semester.
Students are advised to comply with word limits for written assignments, and time limits for verbal assignments. A 10% leeway on
either side is acceptable.
SubmissionSubmission of Assignments
Assignments should be submitted through the “Assignments” section of MyUni. Instructions on how to submit an assignment in this way can be found at: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/myuni/tutorials/
Assignments must be submitted by 11.59 pm on the day that they are due. (note that MyUni will accept assignment after this time but it will be marked Late.
All assignments must include a coversheet (template provided via MyUni), and, where reporting details of work with clients, must appropriately de-identify the case. A signed consent form from the client should be separately lodged with the Course Administrator to maintain confidentiality regarding the case (template provided via MyUni). Where assignments involve recorded sessions, a copy of recorded material (e.g. of counselling practice) should handed to the Course Administrator, not sent via email to the course coordinator (as this compromises confidentiality requirements).
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.
Students are advised to keep a copy of all submitted material.
Students are advised to comply with word limits, and declare their word count. A 10% leeway on either side is acceptable. However, a penalty of 5% of available marks will apply for word limit in excess of the 10% leeway. Failure to declare accurate word count will result in a fail mark.
It is essential that students reference all written work accurately and consistently. We ask that students use the American Psychological Society Referencing Format (APA 6), and a guide to this system will be provided through MyUni. Be aware that marks will be deducted for incorrect referencing in all assignments. EndNote bibliographic software is a very useful tool for managing your references and it is provided free of charge through the university. Information about EndNote can be found at:
Extension of Time for Assessment
Up to one week
It is expected that all assessments will be submitted by the specified time on the specified due date. However, students may apply for an extension of time to submit an assessment, if they are experiencing difficulty. Applications for extension must be made to the Course Coordinator and copied into the Program Administrator in writing (e.g. email) prior to the due date lodgement of the assignment. Anticipate that it may take a few days to receive a reply.
The grounds for granting an extension include health problems, compassionate reasons and other extenuating circumstances. Extensions will usually only be granted for a maximum of one week, but can be longer at the discretion of the Chairperson of the Academic Progress Committee if substantiated with evidence such as a medical certificate. Only original documents or certified copies of originals will be accepted.
Students will be notified via their University of Adelaide student email account of the outcome of their application. If the extension is granted then it is the student’s responsibility to keep in contact with the course coordinator and to hand in the assessment with a copy of the email (or other document) approving the extension.
Failure to submit an assessment item on time without an approved extension will incur a penalty as detailed under ‘Late submission of Work’.
Longer than one week
If an extension is required for longer than one week, please contact the Course Co-ordinator to discuss your request. Please copy any requests to the Program Administrator. If an extension for longer than a week is required due to illness, a medical certificate will be required.
Failure to submit an assessment item on time without an approved extension will incur a penalty as detailed under ‘Late Submission of Work’.
Late Submission of Work
All assignments should be submitted by 11.59pm on the due date.
Late submission without an approved extension will be penalised at the rate of 10% of available marks for each day after the due date. Work submitted more than ten days after the due date may be returned unmarked. This action is taken to prevent students who do get their work in on time being disadvantaged.
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
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
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