PUB HLTH 7020A - Counselling Placement IA
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code PUB HLTH 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, two X 2 hours, plus 2 hours per fortnight Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Prerequisites PUB HLTH 5005, PUB HLTH 5007, PUB HLTH 7010, PUB HLTH 5006, PUB HLTH 6018, PUB HLTH 6021 and (PUB HLTH 7003 or PUB HLTH 7300 OL) Restrictions Available to MCounsPsych students only 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: Mrs Annemarie Klingenberg
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Timetable details are located on MyUni.
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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
2, 4, 7, 8
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
1, 6, 8
Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesThe textbook for this course is:
Baird, B.N & Mollen, D. (2018). The internship, practicum and field placement handbook: A guide for the helping professions. (8th edn). Routledge: London.
Recommended ResourcesRelevant texts or articles will be made available via MyUni in response to issues arising during group supervision.
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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 andreflection 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, 2 X four hours, 2 x two hours, plus 2 hrs group supervision 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 are required to attend the placement orientation offered at the start of every academic year before commencing placement in either semester 1 or semester 2. All students must provide current Department of Social Services clearances, (Child-related, Aged, Vulnerable , Disability), National Police Check, Through Their Eyes Training Certificate as well as RRHAN 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 and/or vaccinations records. Some Placement agencies may provide services outside of normal business hours. Students will be advised of any such requirements when provided with Placement information.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- 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 30% 1 - 8 Group Supervision Summative 10% 1- 8 Quiz Summative 20% 1 - 7 Essay Summative 40% 1 - 8
Assessment Related RequirementsN/A
Assessment Detail(a) Satisfactory completion of placement review by on-site and individual supervisor through review of professional practice (including preparation for and documentation of client work, supervision, review of Learning Agreement, log-book of activities): 30%;
(b) Satisfactory participation in group supervision and compulsory attendance: 10%
(c) Quiz and personal reflection: 20%
(d) Written essay: 2500 words: 40%
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