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Counselling Placement and Supervision Group 1 (CSL679)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 6
Availability MURDOCH: AW5-placement (quota of 14 places), DE7-placement (quota of 14 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. Build therapeutic working alliances with clients that are appropriately containing and ensure that clients clearly understand the processes and intended outcomes of counselling.
2. Develop client formulations and associated treatment plans in agreement with clients.
3. Engage openly, self critically and reflectively with the supervisory process and peer feedback.
4. Demonstrate effective practice management skills such as making and changing appointments, correspondence and report writing and protecting client confidentiality
5. Demonstrate professional learning through open reflection on practice experience
Timetabled Learning Activities Students are required to be rostered at Caladenia Clinic for 12 hours per week. In addition, there is 2 hours of group supervision fortnightly and 1 hour of individual supervision fortnightly.
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.
Assessment This is a non-graded (pass/fail) Unit and includes 6 'must-pass' assessment components. Each assessment component must meet specific criteria as described in the Unit Guide and passed to the Unit Coordinator's satisfaction. Students' practical, conceptualisation and reflective skills are assessed by their individual supervisors in relation to their applied skills and professional conduct displayed throughout the placement. The assessment results in a pass/fail decision. Supervision (individual and group) provides ongoing feedback to students. A mid-semester assessment provides focused feedback that informs the student about their progress on placement, areas of strengths and areas requiring further development. This serves to orient the student towards 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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