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Case Conceptualisation and Assessment in Counselling (CSL566)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
MANDURAH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit prepares students for counselling practice by providing a framework for conceptualising and assessing common problems encountered in counselling practice.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Understand different ways to conceptualise and assess cases presenting for counselling;
2. Identify and appraise your own conceptualisation style/ psychological 'type', preferences, limitations and biases;
3. Describe how major frameworks of case conceptualisation and assessment can be applied in counselling;
4. Apply different theoretical approaches to understand cases that present in counselling, understand the process of matching the client with a therapeutic approach;
5. Make sense of patterns of behaviour and the client's ways of thinking about themselves, others and the world;
6. Build a contextual understanding of the client's presenting problem;
7. Be attentive to ethical issues in relation to case conceptualisation and assessment.
8. Construct documentation and written reports relating to client presentations in counselling based on major frameworks of case conceptualisation and assessment.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lecture: 1 hour per week; Workshops: 2 hours per week
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is based on both theoretical and applied learning, and will involve experiential learning, case-based learning, and group discussions. . Students engage in self learning of materials which then forms the premise of interactive learning in seminars as well as ongoing reflective practice. As this is a 3 credit point unit, students would expect to spend about 10 hours on average per week working on this unit.
Assessment The assessment items include: in-class test, report, and reflective paper. These assessment items collaboratively align with learning outcomes where students gain an applied understanding of major perspectives in case conceptualization and assessment in counselling, and develop an understanding of their own conceptualization style. These assessments evaluate student attributes across both sets of criteria, graduate attributes as identified in a university context and counsellor attributes stated by the accrediting professional body. Students receive feedback on their marked work, peer feedback and self-feedback through reflective practice.
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Graduate Certificate of Counselling, Graduate Diploma of Counselling or Master of Counselling. Completion of, or current enrolment in CSL582 Principles of Counselling 1 or by permission of the Counselling Academic Chair.
Previously 2013: PSY566
2013: 'Counselling: Case Conceptualisation and Assessment'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Counselling (GradCertCounsel)
Graduate Diploma in Counselling (GradDipCounsel)
Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts Therapies (GradDipArtTherapy)
Master of Counselling (MCounsel)
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 Margaret Sealey
Lecturer in Counselling

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2968
e: M.Sealey@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.065 - Economics, Commerce and Law, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MANDURAH: S2-Internal
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Margaret Sealey
Lecturer in Counselling

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2968
e: M.Sealey@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.065 - Economics, Commerce and Law, Murdoch Campus
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