GEN PRAC 7020A - Counselling Placement IA
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code GEN PRAC 7020A Course Counselling Placement IA Coordinating Unit Public Health Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Contact Up to 3 days per week, two X 4 hours, plus 2 hrs per fortnight Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Prerequisites Completion of all Level I core Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy courses Course Description Placement IA provides Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy students with supervised practical experience in counselling and psychotherapy. Through Placement with an approved service provider and individual and group supervision with qualified practitioners, 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.
Course Coordinator: Ms Helen Wilson
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Define the roles of counsellors and psychotherapists within a healthcare setting 2 Demonstrate appropriate skills to support positive client outcomes in the counselling setting 3 Identify relevant resources for client support within a healthcare setting relevant to counselling practice 4 Employ and justify appropriate counselling techniques for responding to client issues in a counselling setting 5 Communicate effectively and professionally with clients and other health professionals 6 Demonstrate evidence-based practice within a counselling setting 7 Explain the role of peer, group, and clinical supervision 8 Review and critique their own professional counselling practice
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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-8 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1-8 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
2, 4, 7, 8 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
3-6 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1, 6, 8 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesThe textbook for this course is:
Baird, B.N. (2014). The internship, practicum and field placement handbook: A guide for the helping professions. (7th ed.). Boston: Pearson Education Inc.
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesDuring Placement 1A, students will undertake a placement in a relevant clinical setting over the course of Semester One (as negotiated with an appropriate Placement Agency) during which they will develop their contact with clients, which may comprise individual clients, couples, families and group work, under the guidance of and directed by the Placement Agency. Precise arrangements will be negotiated on a student-by-student basis dependent on placement requirements, and documented in a Learning Agreement. Placement 1A will normally require on-site presence of 2-3 days per week.
Placement activities will continue during the mid-semester break unless negotiated otherwise with the Placement Agency. On-site placement activities may be undertaken over an extended semester (e.g. 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 and as part of Placement 1A, students will receive a minimum of 5 hours of clinical supervision with an on-site supervisor who will provide feedback and guidance with regard to the student’s Placement activities. 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 on-site and off-site as needed, and other workplace activities negotiated within their Learning Agreement. Students will also complete and submit a daily log of activities, and an evaluation of their placement venue at the end of the Placement.
In addition, students are required to attend Placement Orientation, plus fortnightly group supervision sessions with other Master of Counselling & Psychotherapy students. The group supervision sessions are conducted by clinical supervisors at The University of Adelaide. During these sessions, students will have the opportunity to present and discuss clinical cases, and enhance skills development and consolidate their knowledge through experiential and problem-based learning. Materials covered can include 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; review and reflection of on-line materials (e.g. recorded clinical sessions); presentation of new skills; identification and discussion of problems and challenges with clients and ways to overcome these; discussion and presentation of clinical cases, and benefits of peer review and supervision. Participation in group supervision is part of overall assessment for Placement 1A. Satisfactory participation in and contribution to group supervision is required in order to pass the course.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Up to 3 days per week, one X 7 hours, plus 2 hrs per fortnight
Learning Activities Summary
Topic Lecture Placement Orientation Administrative and clinical requirement reviews; personal and professional readiness for practice Attend Placement plus Group supervision Clinical supervision as negotiated Attend Placement Clinical supervision as negotiated Attend Placement plus Group supervision Clinical supervision as negotiated Attend Placement Clinical supervision as negotiated Attend Placement plus Group supervision Clinical supervision as negotiated Attend Placement Clinical supervision as negotiated Attend Placement plus Group supervision Clinical supervision as negotiated Attend Placement Clinical supervision as negotiated Attend Placement plus Group supervision Clinical supervision as negotiated Attend Placement Clinical supervision as negotiated Attend Placement plus Group supervision Clinical supervision as negotiated Attend Placement Clinical supervision as negotiated Required supervision (as needed) Clinical supervision as negotiated Required supervision (as needed) Clinical supervision as negotiated
Specific Course RequirementsAll students must provide current Department of Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) Clearances, http://health.adelaide.edu.au/current-students/clinical-placements/ (Child-related, Aged, Vulnerable , Disability), National Police Check and Child Safe Environment Training Certificate prior to enrolment in Placement 1A and 1B. Some specific Placement agencies may further require and/or provide additional training specific to working with their clientele. Some Placement agencies may provide services outside of normal business hours. Students will be advised of any such requirements when provided with Placement information.
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.
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- 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 Satisfactory placement completion (assessed by supervisor through supervision, review of learning agreement, log-book of activities, and final review) Summative 20% 1 - 8 Group Supervision Summative 20% 1- 8 Essay 1 Summative 20% 1 - 7 Essay 2 Summative 40% 1 - 8
Assessment Related RequirementsN/A
Assessment Detail(a) Satisfactory completion of placement (assessed by on-site supervisor through review of professional practice (including preparation for and documentation of client work), supervision, review of Learning Agreement, log-book of activities): 20%;
(b) Satisfactory completion of Client Placement Review including presentations of reflections on counselling practice in a small group setting (with client case reviews): (20%)
(c) Essay 1: ‘What is Supervision’: This task requires students to write an essay in which they will explore and articulate their understanding of supervision and what they regard as the value of supervision for Counselling & Psychotherapy practice.(1200-1500 words): 20%
(d) Essay 2: This task requires students to write an essay in which they will compare and contrast two or more clinical skills or techniques with reference to their Placement work with clients. The essay should provide evidence of critical analysis of their work.
In this assignment the student will illustrate that they have acquired the skills to integrate theory with practice. They will also demonstrate their ability to conceptualise a client’s presenting issues as well as their capacity to work ethically and effectively (2,500 - 3,000 words): 40%
All extensions for assignments must be requested, at the latest, by the last working day before the due date of submission. Extensions will generally be granted only on medical or genuine compassionate grounds. Supporting documentation must be provided at the time a student requests an extension. Without documentation, extensions will not be granted. Late requests for extension will neither be accepted nor acknowledged.
Only the Course Co-ordinator(s) may grant extensions.
Supporting documentation will be required when requesting an extension. Examples of documents that are acceptable include: a medical certificate that specifies dates of incapacity, a police report (in the case of lost computers, car & household theft etc.), a letter from a Student Counsellor, Education and Welfare Officer (EWO) or Disability Liaison Officer that provides an assessment of compassionate circumstances, or a letter from an independent external counsellor or appropriate professional able to verify the student’s situation. The length of any extension granted will take into account the period and severity of any incapacity or impact on the student. Extensions of more than 10 days will not be granted except in exceptional circumstances.
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