GEN PRAC 7018 - Theory and Practice in Placement

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

This course provides students with skills and concepts for working with some of the challenges that they are likely to encounter whilst on placement, and beyond. It builds upon the counselling skills, theories and therapeutic models taught in first year and addresses how to develop standards of best practice in working with specific clinical issues and varied populations likely to be encountered in placements. These include responding to common presenting problems, such as depression and anxiety. The course is designed to be responsive to current emerging need in the counselling profession. Students will learn particular theoretical and practical approaches to working with these clients groups, the evidence base for these approaches, the strengths and limitations of these approaches, and when and how to liaise with other professionals in relation to targeted issues. Finally, the course will address the principles of approaching new areas of clinical practice by teaching skills in using theory, relevant research and practice-based literature to help students develop their own philosophy of counselling, incorporating best practice approaches to challenging areas of practice.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GEN PRAC 7018
    Course Theory and Practice in Placement
    Coordinating Unit General Practice
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Ten 3-hour workshops
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites GEN PRAC 5008
    Assumed Knowledge GEN PRAC 5005 and GEN PRAC 6018
    Restrictions Master of Counselling & Psychotherapy
    Course Description This course provides students with skills and concepts for working with some of the challenges that they are likely to encounter whilst on placement, and beyond. It builds upon the counselling skills, theories and therapeutic models taught in first year and addresses how to develop standards of best practice in working with specific clinical issues and varied populations likely to be encountered in placements. These include responding to common presenting problems, such as depression and anxiety. The course is designed to be responsive to current emerging need in the counselling profession.
    Students will learn particular theoretical and practical approaches to working with these clients groups, the evidence base for these approaches, the strengths and limitations of these approaches, and when and how to liaise with other professionals in relation to targeted issues. Finally, the course will address the principles of approaching new areas of clinical practice by teaching skills in using theory, relevant research and practice-based literature to help students develop their own philosophy of counselling, incorporating best practice approaches to challenging areas of practice.
    Course Staff
    Course Coordinator: Dr Greg Smith
    Phone: +61 8313 0148
    Email: gsmith@adelaide.edu.au
    Location: Level 11, 178 North Terrace

    Learning & Teaching Team
    Phone: +61 8313 30148
    Email: postgrad_enq@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 Identify relevant theoretical approaches to working with clients presenting with targeted issues (e.g. anxiety, depression, substance  abuse, domestic violence, suicidal ideation).
    2 Compare and contrast research studies relevant to working with clients presenting with targeted issues (e.g. anxiety, depression,  substance abuse, domestic violence, suicidal ideation).
    3 Apply relevant theory, research, and practice-based literature to develop best practice approaches to working with contemporary  clinical issues (e.g. anxiety and depression), for specific populations (e.g. those dealing with substance abuse, domestic violence,  suicidal ideation) identified in clinical practice.
    4 Recognise and outline an appropriate treatment plan for clients with indicators of targeted presenting issues (e.g. substance abuse,  domestic violence, suicidal ideation)
    5 Demonstrate increased knowledge, skills, and confidence to apply clinical skills in working with clients presenting with targeted issues  (e.g. anxiety, depression, substance abuse, domestic violence, suicidal ideation)
    6 Recognise the limits of their expertise, and define when and how to liaise with relevant other agencies and professionals.
    7 Access a range of appropriate resources for helping clients presenting with targeted issues (e.g. anxiety, depression, substance abuse,  domestic violence, suicidal ideation).
    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. 1-7
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1-3, 7
    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. 4-7
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. N/A
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-7
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-7
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Berman Pearl, S. 2014 Case Conceptualization and Treatment Planning (3rd Edition) SAGE
    Recommended Resources
    N/A
    Online Learning
    MyUni

    All students 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 jaklin.eliott@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 Jaklin.eliott@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.

    Students 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
    The course will comprise ten 3-hour seminar/workshops. Seminar/workshops will involve a mixture of didactic, lecture style presentations and small group exercises facilitating problem-based learning, and experiential skills training.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The course comprises of 10 x 3 hour workshops/ seminars.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week Topic Lecture/Learning Tasks

    Session1 Introduction and Overview: The links between theory, research and clinical skills.                       Developing best practice in counselling  approaches to  challenging practice areas;  identifying when and how to refer to other health professionals and agencies; identifying and working with clients experiencing depression.

    Session 2 Depression and suicidality. The relationship between depression and suicide; appropriate approaches and therapeutic  techniques; best practice for safety.

    Session 3 Anxiety. Identifying and working therapeutically with clients experiencing anxiety.

    Session 4 Domestic violence. Characteristics of perpetrators and those who been subject to domestic violence (DV); identifying and responding to clinical indicators of DV.

    Session 5 Child abuse and neglect. Characteristics of perpetrators and those who been subject to abuse and neglect; identifying and responding to clinical indicators of child abuse and neglect in children and adults.

    Session 6 Substance abuse 1. Defining and understanding substance abuse; psychological and physiological aspects of substance abuse.

    Session 7 Substance abuse 2. Assessing needs of and working with clients with substance abuse issues in diverse social and community settings.

    Session 8 Counselling the elderly. Working with the elderly; common challenges to mental wellbeing facing the elderly;  evidence-based approaches to  counselling practice in aged care, home, and community  settings.

    Session 9 Student-directed topic.

    Responding to specific challenges commonly encountered by  students whilst on placement.

    Session 10                        Bringing it together.

    Identifying students’ developing philosophy of counselling, informed integration of theory, research, and practice.
    Specific Course Requirements
    N/A
    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 Assessment Type Weighting Learning course objective(s) being addressed
    Course Participation Summative 10% 1 - 6
    Online Quiz Summative 20% 3 - 5, 7
    Online Quiz Summative 20% 3 - 5, 7
    Essay: Working with complexity (4,000 - 4,500 words) Summative 50% 1 - 5, 7
    Assessment Related Requirements
    N/A
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment Summary

    Participation (10%): Assessed by lecturer observation of each student’s contribution to the class interactions and small group  discussions. Consideration will be given to the following: the student’s attendance record, their ability to manage time (in terms of  attendance and assignment submission), their engagement in developing and fostering group norms for the class, their willingness to offer questions in class, engagement in small-group discussions and learning tasks, their respectful and professional  engagement with peers and staff, evidence of their tolerance with peers and clients, and their ability to modify behaviour in  response to feedback from peers or staff.

    Online quiz 1 (20%). This multiple choice and short-essay quiz will assess knowledge and skills in applying this knowledge for best  practice and evidence-based treatment formulation in working with clients presenting with issues relating to the areas of  depression, suicidality, anxiety, and domestic violence.

    Online quiz 2 (20%). This multiple choice and short-essay quiz will assess knowledge and skills in applying this knowledge for best  practice and evidence-based treatment formulation in working with clients presenting with issues relating to the areas of child  abuse and neglect, substance abuse, and particular issues relevant to counselling the elderly.

    Essay. Working with complexity. (50%: 4,000-4,500 word count) Students will choose from one of several provided scenarios involving a hypothetical client presenting with issues related to two of the topics above (e.g. anxiety and substance abuse, an elderly client in  a domestic violence situation). Using this scenario, students will: formulate and describe an appropriate treatment approach; describe  appropriate models of working with this client presentation; refer to relevant theory and research; discuss practical issues  which might be anticipated; identify helpful resources (including potential links external agencies) for the hypothetical client and their work with them.
    Submission
    Submission 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.

    Word Limit
    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.

    Presentation
    Students should copy and paste and fill out the course cover page at the start of their assignment (ensuring the word count is  noted), include their name(s) in a header or footer on each page of assignment, and retain a copy for their records. A rubric of the  Marking Guide, indicating the areas where marks were awarded, will be supplied.

    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: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/library/guide/gen/bibsoft/


    Late Submission & Extensions

    The SPH late submission procedure will apply to:
     
    Late submission
    Marks will be deducted when an assignment for which no extension has been granted is handed in late. The procedure is as follows: All assignments, including those handed in late, will be assessed on their merits; For late assignments, marks will then be deducted from the mark awarded, at the rate of 5 percentage points of the total possible per day.

    The School reserves the right to refuse to accept an assignment that is more than 7 days late.

    Extensions
    Extension must be requested no later than the last working day before an assignment is due.

    Only a Course Co-ordinator may grant an extension.

    Extensions will only be granted on medical or genuine compassionate grounds. Documentary supporting evidence such as a medical certificate will be required.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    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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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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