GEN PRAC 7020A - Counselling Placement IA

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

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 supervision with a qualified practitioner, 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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GEN PRAC 7020A
    Course Counselling Placement IA
    Coordinating Unit General Practice
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Contact Up to 3 days per week, one X 7 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 supervision with a qualified practitioner, 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 Staff
    Course 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 8313 0148
    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 Define the roles of counsellors and psychotherapists within the healthcare setting
    2 Demonstrate appropriate skills to support positive client outcomes in the counselling setting
    3 Identify relevant resources for client support within the healthcare setting relevant to counselling practice
    4  Employ and justify appropriate counselling techniques for responding to client issues in the counselling setting
    5 Communicate effectively and professionally with clients and other health professionals in the counselling setting
    6 Demonstrate evidence-based practice within the counselling setting
    7 Explain the role of peer, group, and clinical supervision in a counselling setting
    8 Review and critique their own professional practice within a counselling setting
    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. 1-8
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3, 5, 7
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1 - 8
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2, 4, 7, 8
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3 - 6
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1 - 8
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1 - 8
    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, 8
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Relevant texts or articles will be made available via MyUni in response to issues arising during group supervision.

    Recommended Resources
    Online Learning

    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 .

    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  

    • 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 . 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:

    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.


    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: 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 ( ). Postgraduate Coursework students will receive a University Funded Quota of 500Mb.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    During Placement 1A, students will undertake a placement of 13-15 weeks (as negotiated with their Placement Agency) in a  relevant clinical setting in which they will develop 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 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 site.  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 each placement, students will receive a minimum of 4 hours of supervision with an 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 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 their placement.

    Additionally, students will attend Placement Induction/Re-orientation (7 hours), plus regularly scheduled group supervision sessions with clinical and teaching staff and other Masters students at the University of Adelaide. During these sessions, students will have the opportunity to present and discuss clinical cases, and enhance skills development 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. Satisfactory participation in and contribution to group supervision is required 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
    Week Topic Lecture
    Week 1

    Administrative and clinical reviews; personal and professional readiness for practice
    Week 2
    Group supervision

    Clinical supervision
    Week 3
    Group supervision

    Clinical supervision
    Week 4
    Group supervision

    Clinical supervision
    Week 5 Site-specific supervision
    Clinical supervision
    Week 6
    Group supervision

    Clinical supervision
    Week 7
    Group supervision

    Clinical supervision
    Week 8
    Group supervision

    Clinical supervision
    Week 9 Site-specific supervision
    Clinical supervision
    Week 10
    Group supervision

    Clinical supervision
    Week 11
    Group supervision

    Clinical supervision
    Week 12
    Group supervision

    Clinical supervision
    Week 13 Site-specific supervision
    Clinical supervision
    Week 14 Required supervision (as needed)
    Clinical supervision
    Week 15 Required supervision (as needed)
    Clinical supervision
    Specific Course Requirements
    All students must provide a current Police Check and Child Safe Environment Training Certificate  before enrolment.  Students working with children and/or the elderly may be required to undertake further screening (e.g. Department for Communities and Social Inclusion Screening and Background Check. See for further information). 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 Experience
  • 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 placement completion  (assessed by supervisor through   supervision, review of learning  agreement, log-book of activities, and final review) Summative 20% 1 - 8
    Client Placement Review Summative 20% 1 - 4, 6 - 8
    Essay 1 Summative 20% 1 - 8
    Essay 2 Summative 40% 1 - 8
    Assessment Related Requirements
    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: ‘Supervision and me’: a critical review and personal reflection on the nature of different models of supervision, identifying, and evaluating the impact of, the student’s own values and preferences (1200-1500 words): 20%

    (d) Essay 2: Compare and contrast two or more clinical skills or modalities with reference to work with clients (1200-1500 words):  (2500-3000 words): 40%.

    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:  

    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. 


    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 certified copies of  documents 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.
    Course Grading

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

    NOG (No Grade Associated)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing

    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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    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    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 ( 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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