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Counselling Placement and Supervision Group 1 (CSL679)

School School of Health Professions
Credit Points 6
Availability MURDOCH: AW5-placement (quota of 12 places), DE7-placement (quota of 12 places)
Description In this unit students begin working with clients at Caladenia Counselling, Murdoch University's community counselling clinic located on the Murdoch campus. Students work with child, adolescent and adult clients with the support of individual and group supervision. Close attention is paid to developing and maintaining counselling relationships, case conceptualisation, engagement in supervision, and professional practice.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Be sufficiently open and engaged while working with a range of clients with different presenting issues and relationship styles.
2. Build a therapeutic working alliance that is sufficiently containing and includes, but is not limited to, attentiveness, process comments, and a working agreement with the client about the processes and outcomes of counselling.
3. Develop client formulations that are used to implement treatment plans in agreement with clients.
4. Describe your client work to your peers in the unit in verbal and written formats, with confidence and interest in the new ideas this process generates.
5. Engage openly, self critically and reflectively with the supervisory process.
6. Engage as a professional counsellor in the contextual issues regarding client work, including but not limited to, making and changing appointments, correspondence and report writing and protecting client confidentiality; and in relating to and working with colleagues and other staff.
7. Develop the attributes of critical and creative thinking, the skills of collaborative teamwork, and social and civic responsibility consistent with Murdoch Graduate Attributes.
Timetabled Learning Activities
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is hands-on. This unit is a placement unit, thus learning is offered through applied practice at Caladenia Counselling, as well as research and reflective activities in keeping with the professional activities of counsellors.
Other Learning Experiences Students are required to be rostered at Caladenia Clinic for 12 hours per week. In addition, there is 2 hours of group supervision weekly and 1 hour of individual supervision fortnightly.
Assessment Students' practical, conceptualisation and reflective skills are assessed by their supervisors in relation to their applied skills and professional conduct displayed throughout the placement. The assessment results in a pass/fail decision. Regular supervision (individual and group) provides ongoing feedback to students. A mid-semester assessment serves as a focused feedback process that informs the students about their progress on placement, areas of strengths and areas requiring further development. This serves to orient the student towards additional learning required and what to expect in the final assessment at the end of placement.
Prerequisites Completion of all units comprising Graduate Diploma and enrolment in Master of Counselling or by permission of the Counselling Academic Chair.
Students are required to provide a current Police Clearance as well as Working with Children Check prior to enrolling in this clinical placement unit.
Notes Students in this unit undertake counselling work with vulnerable members of the public: all students will be assessed through staff review, and in some cases interview, for their readiness to undertake this unit. Students may be asked to undertake extra preparation.
Quota This unit is subject to quota. Quota is due to limited resources for supervising students during practicum and to comply with industry training standards. Selection is based on academic performance in core Counselling units as well as other criteria indicating readiness for practice.
Assessment A result of Ungraded Pass or Fail is awarded for this unit.
Previously 2013: PSY579
2013: 'Counselling: Placement and Supervision Group 1'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Master of Counselling (MCounsel)
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.


Unit Coordinator
Mr Gaston Antezana Ortiz
Lecturer in Counselling

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2560
e: G.Antezana@murdoch.edu.au
o: 490.1.019A - Amenities, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: AW5-Placement
MURDOCH: DE7-Placement
Mr Gaston Antezana Ortiz
Lecturer in Counselling

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2560
e: G.Antezana@murdoch.edu.au
o: 490.1.019A - Amenities, Murdoch Campus
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