PUB HLTH 6018 - Counselling Skills 2

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019

Counselling Skills 2 extends the skills learned in Counselling 1. The subject introduces students to counselling skills that are involved in analysing client data generated in the first phase of counselling, and in assisting clients to move towards taking appropriate self-responsibility and action. Students will be taught skills to establish contexts within which clients can generate their own solutions to presenting problems. Students will also be taught a range of core therapy skills to identify and engage clients? strengths in aid of effective measures to overcome problems. Skills for dealing effectively with common difficulties that present in counselling will also be taught and practiced.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PUB HLTH 6018
    Course Counselling Skills 2
    Coordinating Unit Public Health
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites PUB HLTH 5005
    Restrictions Available to MCounsPsych, GDipCounsPsych, GCertCounsPsych students only or with approval of Program Coordinator
    Course Description Counselling Skills 2 extends the skills learned in Counselling 1. The subject introduces students to counselling skills that are involved in analysing client data generated in the first phase of counselling, and in assisting clients to move towards taking appropriate self-responsibility and action. Students will be taught skills to establish contexts within which clients can generate their own solutions to presenting problems. Students will also be taught a range of core therapy skills to identify and engage clients? strengths in aid of effective measures to overcome problems. Skills for dealing effectively with common difficulties that present in counselling will also be taught and practiced.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Matt Doherty

    Course Coordinator: Matthew Doherty
    Phone: +61 8313 4340
    Email: matthew.doherty@adelaide.edu.au 
    Location: Level 9, AMHS, North Terrace

    Student & Program Support Services Hub
    Email: askhealthsc@adelaide.edu.au
    Phone: +61 8313 0273

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    1

    Demonstrate an understanding of the purpose and skills involved in all phases of the counselling process;

    2

    identify cues that indicate that the client is ready to move beyond Phase 1 and benefit from outcomes of Phase 2;

    3

    identify the change of counsellor orientation and responses involved in each phaseof the counselling process;

    4

    demonstrate skills for engaging clients’ strengths and enlisting these in the therapeutic process

    5

    work empathically to generate client data, to analyse the data, and to critique and rate one’s own counselling responses and set goals for improvement;

    6

    demonstrate skills for dealing effectively with common difficulties that present in counselling

    7

    demonstrate self-awareness at both a personal and professional level.

    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)
    1-7
    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
    1-7
    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, 3, 4, 6, 7
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 4, 5
    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
    1-7
    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
    1-7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    We will be using the same text that you purchased in Counselling Skills 1:

    Geldard, D. and Geldard, K (2012) Basic Personal Counselling: A training manual for counsellors (7th edition) Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest.

    Recommended Resources
    A list of recommended resources will be provided on the MyUni site.
    Online Learning
    3.3.1 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/.
    Please check the website regularly as it may contain announcements that are relevant to your study in the course. If you would like the opportunity to network with other students, you can use the Communication features in the site:
    Discussion Board – Users can post discussion items and reply to other posts.
    Note: If you would like to have a specific Discussion Board Forum created, please send your request to gsmith@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.). If you would like to have a specific
    Group Page created, please send your request to greg.smith@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.
    Please note that you also have access to individual MyUni sites for EACH course you are enrolled in. Please check the sites regularly as they may contain important announcements that are relevant to your study in the course.

    3.3.2 Access Adelaide
    Access Adelaide is the name of the online service that allows you to access and, in some cases, amend your records. It can be found at: https://access.adelaide.edu.au/sa/login.asp.
    You can log into Access Adelaide to view:
    your enrolment details for any term
    your academic results
    your unofficial academic transcript
    your personal details
    the fees, charges and payments on your University account
    your exam schedule
    your graduation eligibility details.
    As a student you can:
    change your address and telephone details (please inform the Discipline as well) change your password set a password clue to help you remember your password.

    3.3.3 Student email
    It is important that you set up your student email and check it regularly. Information from your course coordinator and student administration will be sent to you at your University of Adelaide email address. It is your responsibility to check your email. You will need your student number located on your student card to log in. http://webmail.adelaide.edu.au/

    3.3.4 Computers
    Where can I use a computer in the University? 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/technology/yourservices/learning-teaching/student-suites/

    3.3.5 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 your telecommunications provider 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
    We encourage you to see practice sessions as an ‘experimental laboratory’ where you can try out new behaviours, be relieved of
    the ‘pressure to be perfect’, be supported by staff and peers, and to offer support to fellow students in learning. In the practice sessions, students are asked to work in practice groups to apply the material covered in lectures.

    Practice activities
    There are two main kinds of  practice activities in this course. These are: counselling interviews with  other students—using real 
    material,—where each member takes on a specific role  of ‘client’, ‘counsellor’ and ‘observer’; pencil and paper activities that are  usually conducted in small groups.

    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.

    The teaching methods in this course will employ a range of techniques to allow the integration and understanding of the content
    presented. Counselling practice sessions and workshop activities will be employed in addition to the traditional methods of communicating information. Further, it is expected that by creating an environment that promotes the practice of individual responsibility as essential for students in managing their own and others learning, it will also complement the expectations that
    current counselling agencies adopt.

    Counselling Skills Two will be structured as a series of ten three hour seminar/workshops.

    Finally, it is assumed that all students are of a mature age, professionally educated and motivated to adopt the responsibilities  associated with post-graduate study. Therefore, a level of intellectual effort (including private study time outside of formal class time  per week), and a level of commitment and participation in class activities, is expected.
    Learning Activities Summary

    Topic

    Lecture

    Overview of Course

    Course Learning Outcomes.
    Establishing Norms.
    Assessment.

    Theoretical Orientation.

    Recapping Level 3.0 responses.
    Review of the 3 Phase Model.
    Client Levels of Exploration.

    Personalising Skills

    Understanding the Stages of Personalising.
    Formulating and Discriminating Personalised Responses.
    Skills Practice of Second Phase Skills.

    Additional Counselling Skills

    The Gentle Art of Confrontation.
    The Use of Immediacy Skills.
    Evaluating the Impact of Counsellor
    Self-Disclosure.
    Problem talk and Solution Talk
    Identifying and Engaging Client Strengths.
    Future Focused Exploration.
    Responses to Common Difficulties in Counselling

    Additional Counselling Skills

    Administering Assessments.
    Treatment Planning.
    Keeping case notes
    Terminating Counselling.
    Review of Learning.
    Closure.

    Specific Course Requirements
    None
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Counselling Skills Two uses small group exercises as a central part of its teaching methodology.

  • 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 Outcome(s) being addressed

    Class Participation

    Summative

    10%

    1-6

    Reflective Questions

    Summative

    30%

    1-4

    Skills Application

    Summative

    60%

    1-6

    Assessment Related Requirements
    N/A
    Assessment Detail
    Reflective Questions (30%)
    A range of multiple choice and short answer quiz questions to be completed via MyUni.

    Skills Application Assessment (60%)
    A reflective essay concerning your development as a therapist over the length of the course.

    Participation (10%)
    Assessment by instructor. Assessment of class participation is based on consideration of 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.
    Submission
    Submission of Assignments
    The first assignment will be submitted through MyUni.

    Extensions
    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.

    Late submission
    Marks will be deducted when assignments for which no extension has been granted are handed in late.

    All assignments, including those handed in late, will be assessed on their merits. In the case of late assignments where no  extension has been granted, 5 percentage points of the total marks possible per day will be deducted. If an assignment that is 2  days late is awarded 65% on its merits, the mark will then be reduced by 10% (5% per day for 2 days) to 55%. If that same  assignment is 4 days late, the mark will be reduced by 20% (5% per day for 4 days) to 45%, and so on.
     
    The School of Public Health reserves the right to refuse to accept an assignment that is more than 7 days late.

    Assignments submitted after the due date may not be graded in time to be returned on the listed return dates.

    Students submitting examinable written work who request (and receive) an extension that takes them beyond the examination  period are advised that there is no guarantee that their grades will be processed in time to meet usual University deadlines.

    Resubmission
    If a student is dissatisfied with an assessment grade they should follow the Student Grievance Resolution Process 
    <https://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/grievance/process/>. Students who are not satisfied with a particular assessment result should raise their concerns with Course Co-ordinator(s) in the first instance. This must be done within 10 business days of the  date of notification of the result. Resubmission of any assignment is subject to the agreement of the Course Co-ordinator(s) and  will only be permitted for the most compelling of reasons. 

    Important
    Please note that Counselling Skills 2 is assessed according to the GS8 Grading Scheme. Please see the relevant assessment grading categories, below.

    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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    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 (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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