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Experiential Learning in Group Counselling (CSL581)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
MANDURAH: S1-internal (quota of 16 places)
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Students learn theoretical approaches to understanding and effectively working with group processes. Participation in small groups allows students to learn experientially about the rewards and challenges of group work, and how to establish a therapeutic atmosphere in a group. Students have the opportunity for reflection and feedback on the development of interaction, support and acceptance within the group.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Discuss group counselling experiences from personal and conceptual viewpoints;
2. Take part in small group activities and discussions in which you are both self- reflective and observant of others;
3. Observe group process and use a range of conceptual frameworks to describe group process;
4. Prepare a rationale and outline, including evaluation, for a targeted counselling group;
5. Understand the role of a counselling group facilitator, develop foundational skills as a group facilitator, and determine your level of preparedness to undertake this role.
Timetabled Learning Activities Murdoch campus: Lectures: 1 hour; Tutorials: 2 hours per week.
Mandurah campus: Lectures: 1 hour online; Tutorials: 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 direct lecture-style teaching, experiential learning in class, case-based learning, and being part of a group (in a tutorial setting) which offers a direct and hands-on experience of group processes thus fostering the integrated learning
Assessment The assessment includes co-facilitation of a training group in one of the experiential tutorials; creating a rationale and proposal for a selected type of counselling group; and the completion of a reflective journal. The student will obtain detailed written feedback on their assignments by the lecturer, be given feedback from the tutors as well as peers on an ongoing basis in relation to their group participation, and be able to integrate their learning in the reflective journal, which will receive further feedback.
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Graduate Certificate of Counselling, Graduate Diploma of Counselling or Master of Counselling. Completion of, or concurrent enrolment in, CSL582 Principles of Counselling 1. Other students wanting to study this unit can be interviewed by the Counselling Academic Chair.
Quota This unit is subject to quota. Quota is due to limited resources. Only run tutorials if need minimum numbers
Previously 2013: PSY581
2013: 'Counselling: Experiential Learning in Group Counselling'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Counselling (GradCertCounsel)
Graduate Diploma in Counselling (GradDipCounsel)
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 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

MANDURAH: S1-Internal
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
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
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