GEN PRAC 7015 - Counselling Placement II

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GEN PRAC 7015
    Course Counselling Placement II
    Coordinating Unit General Practice
    Term Semester 2
    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 Staff
    Course Coordinator: Helen Wilson
    Phone: +61 8313 0148
    Email: helen.m.wilson@adelaide.edu.au
    Location: Level 11, 178 North Terrace

    Course Coordinator: Shannon Asa
    Phone: +61 8313 0148
    Email: shannon.asa@adelaide.edu.au
    Location: Level 11, 178 North Terrace

    Learning & Teaching Team
    Phone: +61 8 313 2128
    Email: post_gradenq@adelaide.edu.au
    Location: Level 7, 178 North Terrace
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Relevant texts or articles will be made available via MyUni in response to issues arising during group supervision.

    Recommended Resources
    N/A
    Online Learning
    Online Learning:

    MyUni
    Allstudents enrolled in a postgraduate coursework program have access to a Postgraduate Coursework Student Centre on MyUni.  This course is available on MyUni at www.adelaide.edu.au/myuni/.

    Students are advised to check the website regularly as it may contain announcements that are relevant to study in the course.   Students wanting the opportunity to network with other students can use the Communication features in the site:
    • Discussion Board – Users can post discussion items and reply to other posts. Note: To have a specific Discussion Board Forum
       created, please send request to jacqui.howard@adelaide.edu.au  
    • Send Email – This feature enables users to send email to fellow students.
    • Group Pages – Groups enable Users to collaborate with each other. Groups usually consist of a smaller group of Users in a course or organisation, such as study groups or project groups. From a Group Page, users may send email, exchange files, enter  discussion forums or enter collaboration sessions.

    Note: Only members of a particular Group can access the Group communication features (discussion forums, email, etc.). To have a specific Group Page created, please send request to jacqui.howard@adelaide.edu.au . For example, Group Pages can be created to include students living in the same geographical area or students working for the same organisation.

    Students also have access to individual MyUni sites for EACH course in which they are enrolled. Students are advised to check the sites regularly as they may contain important announcements that are relevant to study in the course.

    Access Adelaide
    Access Adelaide is the name of the online service that allows students to access and, in some cases, amend their records. It can be found at: https://access.adelaide.edu.au/sa/login.asp.

    Students can log into Access Adelaide to view:
    • their enrolment details for any term
    • their academic results
    • their unofficial academic transcript
    • their personal details
    • the fees, charges and payments on their University account
    • their exam schedule
    • their graduation eligibility details.

    As a student you can:
    • change their address and telephone details (please inform the Discipline as well)
    • change their password
    • set a password clue to help them remember their password.

    Student email
    It is important to set up a student email and check it regularly. Information from the course coordinator and student administration  will be sent to the University of Adelaide email address. It is the student’s responsibility to check their email. They will need their  student number located on the student card to log in. http://webmail.adelaide.edu.au/

    Computers
    Computing facilities are provided to students by the University, and there are several suites of computers available, including at the Barr Smith Library and in Hub Central. The University web site has a list of computer labs at:http://www.adelaide.edu.au /its/student_support/labs/   

    Internet access
    The University provides a free dial-up service to students without the need for a commercial ISP account. This service is available at the cost of a local call to students residing within Adelaide (please refer to telecommunications providers for confirmation of call  costs). Students residing outside these numbers can dial into the University at STD call rates (www.adelaide.edu.au/its/desktop/dialup/ ).

    Postgraduate Coursework students will receive a University Funded Quota of 500Mb.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    During 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.

    Workload

    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 lacement Agency, with minimum total 6 hours

    · Reading and Assignment / Case study Preparation: 2-3 hours per week

    Learning Activities Summary
    The 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 Requirements
    Placement 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 Experience
    N/A
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Satisfactory Preparation of Learning Agreement, Placement Completion and submission of Log-book* Summative 50%
    Participation in group supervision Summative 10%
    Verbal case study presentations Summative 20%
    Integrative report Summative 20%
    To pass this course, students must

    · achieve a minimum of a ‘Satisfactory Standard’ grading from their Agency Supervisor with regard to their Placement

    · attend and contribute to a minimum of 10 hours of the University Supervisory sessions

    · complete and/or submit each Assignment, and obtain an Pass mark (min 50%) for each

    Assessment Related Requirements
    To pass this course, students must

    · achieve a minimum of a ‘Satisfactory Standard’ grading from their Agency Supervisor with regard to their Placement activities. Each student will negotiate an individual learning agreement with their site supervisor, in consultation with the Course Coordinator.  Collaborative reviews of the learning agreement and on-site clinical supervision will be used, together with the log-book of activities (documenting a minimum of 60 hours of client contact), to assess the placement completion.

    · Prepare for, attend and contribute appropriately to scheduled group supervision meetings, attending a minimum of 10 hours of the University supervisory sessions.

    · complete and present two case studies and a written case study incorporating theoretical and individual professional development perspectives, and obtain a Pass mark (min 50%) for each

    If special circumstances arise which prevent the student attending a minimum of 10 hours of Group Supervision sessions, or meeting Placement requirements, the student should discuss these with the Course co-ordinator.  If the student nominates illness as the reason for missing these sessions, a medical certificate will be required. Equivalent supervision hours accrued with the on-site supervisor may be accepted as an alternative, with the discretion of the Course Coordinator. In such circumstances, the total amount of supervision (University plus on-site) must not be less than 15 hours.

    If a student receives a ‘Fail’ grade for any written or verbal assignment (other than those associated with Placement), they may, with the discretion of the Course Co-ordinator, resubmit within 1 week and be eligible for a Pass mark.

    Assessment Detail
    Satisfactory 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 Due 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.

    Word/Time Limit

    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.
    Submission
    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/

    Hand-written presentations will not be accepted for the written submissions. All written work must be referenced accurately and consistently, using the American Psychological Society Referencing Format (APA 6). Information regarding this system can be found at http://libguides.library.curtin.edu.au/data/files6/173202/APA_referencing_guide.pdf  or more detailed information can be found at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/.  Marks will be deducted for incorrect referencing in all assignments.

    The assignment must be submitted by 5pm on the day that it is due. (note that MyUni will accept assignments after this time but it will be marked Late.)

    Feedback on verbal case reports will inform students for their preparation of the written assignment. 

    Students should include their name(s) in a header or footer on each page of the assignment, and retain a copy for their records.

    Extension of Time for Assessment Items

    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, in writing (e.g. email) prior to the due date lodgement of the assignment. 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 by email to their University of Adelaide student email account of the outcomeof 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 students require an extension for longer than one week, they should contact the Course Co-ordinator to discuss this request.  For extensions for longer than a week due to illness, a medical certificate will be required.

    Late Submission of Work

    Some flexibility may be required with regard to completion of Placement activities, as different Agencies have different requirements and opportunities for Placement available. If accrual of Placement hours is considered to be sub-optimal (that is, is 60 hours direct client contact is unlikely to be attained in time for the Submission of the Log-book this should be made known to the Course Co-ordinator as soon as possible, and alternative arrangements put into place to enable the student to meet course requirements.

    Course Grading

    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.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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