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Creative Arts Therapies Clinical Placement and Supervision Grp 1 (CSL685)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 6
Availability MANDURAH: AW5-placement (quota of 12 places), DE7-placement (quota of 12 places)
Description In this unit students begin working with clients at Murdoch's MCAT Internal Placement Clinic. Students work with child, adolescent and adult clients with the support of individual and group supervision. Close attention is paid to developing and maintaining therapeutic relationships, collegial and workplace 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. Demonstrate capacity to recognise personal material in therapeutic work and the ability to develop a professional therapeutic stance by engaging with learning experiences to explore the relationship between personal experiences and therapeutic work.
3. Build a therapeutic working alliance that is sufficiently containing, promotes client safety and opens up opportunities for therapeutic exploration of client material.
4. Develop working agreements with the client about the processes and outcomes of creative arts psychotherapy.
5. Develop psychodynamic case formulations that are used within the therapist-client and supervisory relationships to support the process of deepening therapeutic engagement and increasing client capacity for meaning-making and self-insight.
6. 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 and demonstrate capacity to integrate learning from this process into clinical work.
7. Engage openly, self critically and reflectively with the supervisory processes available within the unit to work with and through therapeutic dilemmas.
8. Engage as a professional creative arts therapist in the contextual issues regarding client work, including but not limited to: making and changing appointments; correspondence; client case notes and records; report writing; contracting; materials use and management in and outside of sessions; using practices in place for protecting client confidentiality; and in relating to and working with colleagues and other staff.
9. Develop the ethical and professional attributes detailed within the ANZACATA Code of Conduct and ethical considerations with critical and creative thinking.
10. and social and civic responsibility consistent with Murdoch Graduate Attributes and as detailed within the ANZACATA Code of Conduct.
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 Internal Placement Clinic, as well as research, supervision, reflective activities and experiential engagement in keeping with the professional activities of Creative Arts Therapists.
Other Learning Experiences Students are required to be rostered at Internal Placement Clinic for 15 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.
Alongside this ongoing weekly practice development engagement within supervision, a mid-semester Interim Placement Performance Feedback Report is provided from the student supervisor as focused feedback to informs the students about their progress on placement, areas of strengths and areas requiring further development. This report serves to orient the student towards additional learning required and what to expect in the Final Placement Performance Feedback Report provided by the supervisor at the end of placement. Students are required to pass in all three critical areas his unit to successfully move into Clinical Placement & Supervision Group 2.
Prerequisites Completion of all units comprising Graduate Diploma and enrolment in Master of Creative Arts Therapies or by permission of the Creative Arts Therapies 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 Creative Arts Psychotherapy 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 and Creative Arts Therapies units as well as other criteria indicating readiness for practice.
Assessment A result of Ungraded Pass or Fail is awarded for this unit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
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.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Rose Williams
Lecturer in Creative Arts Therapies

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7370
e: rose.williams@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.066 - Economics, Commerce and Law, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MANDURAH: AW5-Placement
MANDURAH: DE7-Placement
Dr Rose Williams
Lecturer in Creative Arts Therapies

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7370
e: rose.williams@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.066 - Economics, Commerce and Law, Murdoch Campus
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