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Creative Arts Therapies Clinical Placement and Supervision Grp 2 (CSL686)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 6
Availability MANDURAH: DE7-placement (quota of 12 places), UA7-placement (quota of 12 places)
Description Students complete their second placement in an appropriate therapeutic environment, working under the supervision of a practising Creative Arts Therapist or other recognised professional as designated within the ANZACATA professional supervision framework. Students participate in group supervision on campus. Therapeutic relationships, supervisory relationships, case conceptualisation and development are key elements in this unit. Understanding issues relating to ethical conduct, Indigenous and culturally diverse perspectives and professional practice are developed through group supervision.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Demonstrate all aspects of practice, including the making of professional judgements, from an ethical standpoint, with special attention to those most vulnerable clients. This requires being knowledgeable of relevant ethical behaviour codes such as the ethical and professional attributes detailed within the ANZACATA Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics and within organisational policies and procedures. Students will be expected to be able to provide advanced critical and creative perspectives on this area of their practice.
2. Describe your casework to your peers and supervisors in verbal and written formats, with confidence and interest in the new ideas this process generates. This involves case presentations, group and individual supervision and integration of feedback into student clinical practice.
3. Demonstrate autonomy and proficiency in working with a range of clients with different presenting issues and relationship styles from initial engagement through to post-intervention evaluation and reflection.
4. Engage openly, self critically and reflectively with the supervisory process. This involves being prepared for supervision, building and maintaining effective supervisory relationships, receiving and providing feedback and following instructions.
5. Develop psychodynamic case formulations that are used to deepen and develop the client-therapist relationship in agreement with clients, taking into account client goals and presentations, your role and capacity as a student Creative Arts Therapist, as well as considering the resources and limitations of the placement agency and its working capabilities.
6. Describe the models of practice and theoretical stances you are using and your rationale for making these choices in relation to the client presentation and your clinical capacity.
7. Evidence sufficient progression from Clinical Placement and Supervision Group 1 in the areas of professional clinical formation, development of capacity to work at the interface between personal material and client material from a therapeutic stance, and skills for clinical practice.
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; safe adaptation of clinical practice to correspond to the healthy balance of personal capacity, organisational requirements and client needs.
9. Develop the skills and professional behaviours required to undertake collaborative teamwork, and responsibility consistent with Murdoch Graduate Attributes and as detailed within the ANZACATA Code of Conduct.
Timetabled Learning Activities In consultation with the Placement Coordinator, there will be 42 days of placement plus up to 2 hours per week group supervision and occasional seminars.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is hands-on. This unit is a placement unit, thus learning takes place through applied practice in an agency setting that provides clinical or therapeutic programs, as well as research and reflective activities in keeping with the professional activities of Creative Arts Therapists. Such learning is also facilitated through weekly peer supervision meetings.
Prerequisites Enrolled in the Master of Creative Arts Therapies and have completed the Clinical Placement and Supervision Group 1 Unit and all units comprising the Graduate Diploma of Creative Arts Therapies; or by permission of the Creative Art Therapy 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 This unit has a quota (up to 15) which may result in some students not being able to enrol in the unit in the semester they choose. This may mean studying part-time may be required.
Quota This unit is subject to quota. Quota is due to limited resources for supervising students during practicum. Selection is based on academic performance in core Creative Art Therapies units as well as other criteria indicating readiness for practice. Successful completion of Clinical Placement and Supervision Grp1.
Assessment A result of Ungraded Pass or Fail is awarded for this unit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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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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