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Principles of Counselling 2 (CSL684)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit serves to further develop and strengthen essential counselling skills. Core elements include learning a broader range of advanced counselling skills, development and understanding of skills and interpersonal abilities required to engage in and maintain constructive therapeutic relationships, responding to client specificity, and managing the more challenging aspects in counselling. The unit also covers working with people of different cultures. At the end of the unit, students will be able to outline a well-informed philosophy of their counselling practice.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:

1. Be able to describe techniques and strategies for working effectively with more complex cases, including the building and sustaining of counselling relationships when facing challenging client interactions;
2. Describe and critique the theory and application of different approaches in counselling, including relational, cognitive-behavioural, interpersonal therapy, EFT, and Narrative Therapy.
3. Demonstrate an ability to make discerned choices about best approaches in the development of a counselling plan for complex clients;
4. Apply different theoretical approaches to conceptualise complex cases at an advanced level, including demonstration of and understanding of the process of matching the client with a therapeutic approach, and the ability to describe and defend the approach adopted in both written and oral forms;
5. Be knowledgeable of and able to describe the current status of research and theory related to your counselling practice and Counselling in general;
6. Construct your own emerging orientation to Counselling, including being able to describe in writing the research evidence pertaining to your philosophy of counselling, and how it fits with major counselling models.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/seminars: 3 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is through case-based and theory-informed learning as well as experiential leaning elements. Students engage in self-directed learning of materials which then form the premise of interactive learning in lectures as well as of ongoing reflective practice.
Assessment Assessments comprise three types of work: Reflective portfolio work, which is used to demonstrate critical and evaluative thinking as well as the effective processing of personal development moments in relation to professional practice development. A written case study assesses the student's professional capacity to conceptualise complex cases and consider valid interventions. An essay detailing the student's philosophy of counselling assists the student in articulating their premise for counselling practice from a well-informed, evidence-based as well as personally-integrated platform. Students receive feedback on their written work, common problems across the work of all students, peer feedback, and self-feedback through reflective practice.
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Master of Counselling and completion CSL679 Counselling: Placement and Supervision Group 1, or permission of the Counselling Academic Chair.
Previously 2013: PSY684
2013: 'Counselling: Principles of Counselling 2'
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
Dr Ben Mullings
Lecturer in Counselling

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2076
e: ben.mullings@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.049 - Economics, Commerce and Law, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Petra Skeffington
Head of Discipline Psychology, Exercise Science, Chiropractic and Counselling

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 1273
e: P.Skeffington@murdoch.edu.au
o: 461.1.012 - BITL, Murdoch Campus
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