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Counselling Adults (CSL583)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description Students will be introduced to theories and intervention approaches which explain and promote health and well-being in adults. Common psychological issues that are encountered in counselling, such as depression and anxiety will be covered. A skills-based approach to dealing with significant adult concerns, including relationship complexities will also be covered.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit, you should be able to:
1. Formulate a theoretical conceptualisation of a range of mental health-related problems and psychological difficulties, such as depression, anxiety, risk of suicide and substance abuse;
2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of patterns in an adult client's story and the ability to make sense of such information in the context of varied life and mental health problems;
3. Demonstrate knowledge of different psycho-therapeutic approaches and principles for selecting interventions most applicable to commonly presented psychological problems (such as those named above) and including difficult human experiences and expressions including grief and loss, substance misuse, family violence, and relationship issues; and
4. Identify opportunities and limitations of counselling as a response to mental health issues, and be able to identify when and how to refer to an appropriate health professional or social work professional.
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminars: 3 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is based on both theoretical and applied learning, and will include a range of class activities and group discussions. Students engage in self-directed learning of materials which then form the premise of interactive learning in seminars.
Assessment The types of assessment will include activities to evaluate student attributes across both sets of criteria, including graduate attributes as identified in a university context and counsellor attributes stated by the accrediting professional body. These assessment items closely correspond with learning outcomes i.e. students' ability to demonstrate their understanding of theories and intervention approaches for common psychological issues encountered in counselling adults. Students receive feedback on their written work, as well as feedback on common problems across the work of all students, and peer feedback and self-feedback through active engagement in class activities.
Prerequisites Must be enrolled in the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma of Counselling or Master of Counselling. Other students wanting to study this unit can be interviewed by the Counselling Academic Chair.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed PSY583/530 Counselling: Working with Adults may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2013: PSY583
2013: 'Counselling: Working with Adults'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Counselling (GradCertCounsel)
Graduate Diploma in Counselling (GradDipCounsel)
Master of Counselling (MCounsel)
Master of Creative Arts Therapies (MCAT) (MCAT)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Margaret Sealey
Lecturer in Counselling

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2968
e: M.Sealey@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.065 - Economics, Commerce and Law, Murdoch Campus
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