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Intro to Counselling Theory & Principles (5549|9)

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Acknowledgement of Country

The University of Canberra acknowledges the Ngunnawal peoples as the traditional custodians of the land upon which the University's main campus sits, and pays respect to all Elders past and present.

Introduction

This Unit Outline must be read in conjunction with:
  1. The University of Canberra’s Policies and Procedures, including the Assessment Policy and associated Procedure. The Assessment Policy and Assessment Procedure include information on matters such as plagiarism, grade descriptors, moderation, feedback, and deferred exams. Other Academic Policies and Procedures can be found at: https://www.canberra.edu.au/Policies/Main/Index/15
  2. Any additional information specified in Section 6.

1. Core Unit Details

Unit Code and Version: 5549|9
Unit Title: Intro to Counselling Theory & Principles
Unit Level: 1
Owning Faculty/Section: Faculty of Health
UC Discipline/Section: Discipline of Counselling
Enrolled Credit Points: 3
Unit Offering Details: Semester 2, 2021, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (201535)

For an explanation of delivery modes see Unit Modes of Delivery.

Unit Convener Name and Contact Details:

Unit Convener and contact details:

Stephani Stephens, PhD

School of Health Sciences

Bldg. 12C31    M-W

Stephani.Stephens@canberra.edu.au

Phone: 62068747    

Contact with your convenor is best done directly to their email address

Tutors:

Tom Eckart

Tom.Eckart@canberra.edu.au

Deb Durie

Deborah.Durie@canberra.edu.au

 

 

 

 

Administrative Contact Details:

 

HealthAdmin          Administrative Officer | Faculty Office, Faculty of Health

Email:  HealthAdmin@canberra.edu.au   Ph: 02 6201 2009   Room 12D22

2. Academic Content

Unit Description

This unit explores different theoretical approaches, models and definitions of counselling and provides students with the opportunity to reflect on their understandings of counselling interventions and processes for facilitating change in clients. This unit allows students to develop an informed theoretical framework about counselling and to explore their own world view and values.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will demonstrate: 1. An understanding of major theoretical frameworks and models of counselling and the social contexts in which these models were developed;
2. An understanding of counselling change processes and interventions within each major theory;
3. An understanding of counsellor and client roles from the perspective of each major theory;
4. A critical understanding of the ethical issues involved in selecting interventions and facilitating change in counselling; and
5. An understanding of anti-oppressive counselling practice including sensitivity to issues of diversity.

Graduate Attributes

  • 1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
  • 1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
  • 1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
  • 1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
  • 1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
  • 2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
  • 2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
  • 2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
  • 3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
  • 3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - be self-aware
  • 3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - evaluate and adopt new technology
  • 3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development

Welcome to the unit Introduction to Counselling Theory and Principles. This unit explores different theoretical  approaches,  models  and  definitions  of  counselling  and  provides  students  with  the opportunity  to  reflect  on  their  understandings   of  counselling  interventions   and  processes  for facilitating change in clients. This unit allows students to develop an informed theoretical framework about counselling and to explore their own worldview and values.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Lectures and tutorials start in week 1

Times and Locations of Lectures and Tutorials: ONLINE

Lecture  Tuesday  9:30-10:30  (Wk1-7,9-13) Pre-recorded

Tutorials 

#1    Tuesday 10:30-12:30       T01  (Wk1-7,9-13) 

#2    Tuesday 11:30-1:30          T02 (Wk1-7,9-13) 

#3     Thursday 9:30-11:30        T03 (Wk1-7,9-13)

#4      Thursday  1:30-3:30        T04 (Wk1-7,9-13)

 

 

Skills Development

As students of the University of Canberra, you will develop your critical thinking skills, your ability to solve complex problems, your ability to work with others, your confidence to learn independently, your written communication skills, your spoken communication skills and a number of work-related knowledge and skills.

Prerequisite

5258 Counselling Communication

Co-requisite

None.

 This unit will be delivered online with weekly lectures and tutorials, including 3 hours per week comprising a one (1) hour prerecorded lecture and one online two-hour tutorial. 

Lectures will be recorded and available using Echo360 through the Digital Lecture Recording Service available online via UCLearn.

Tutorials will build upon the readings and include participatory discussions, videos, role plays, experiential activities and small groupwork.  Each week several of these activities will be planned to complement, extend or in some way illuminate the issues addressed in the lecture program. See Section 6c regarding participation requirements for tutorials.

Learning in this unit will be interactive and have a practical component. It is assumed therefore that students have made adequate arrangements for attending all teaching-learning sessions.   If you are unable to attend any one of the tutorials, you should notify the tutor in advance via e-mail.

 

          

3. Timetable of Activities

Week

Lecture

Tutorial

Reading

1

Introduction to unit - concepts,  contexts, schools of theories.

What is theory? Personal basis of theory

Learning in this unit

Development of own theoretical orientation

Reflection on own emerging theory of helping.

 

Prep for Ass. 1 presentation

Chapters 1 & 2  in text

2

Where it all began -

Freud and Jung. The historic roots of counselling – the talking cure. Intro to the unconscious, transference 

Jungian Ideas: The Unconscious and the Archetypes

Ch 4 of the text

The man, the history and other players

 

Psychoanalysis -techniques, theories concepts 

3

Psychodynamic approach to counselling.

 

Stan and Gerry

 

 

 STUDENT PRESENTATIONS

Chapter 5 of the text

 

See Canvas for extra reading

Adlerian Therapy

 

Modern forms and concepts of psychodynamic theory and techniques

4

Humanistic approaches and Carl Rogers

 

Existential approach in counselling

 

Gestalt

 

1-2 STUDENT PRESENTATIONS

Chapter 6,7 and 8 of the text

Person centred players

 

Existential Theory and Therapy

 

Gestalt Theory and Therapy

5

Behavioural & Cognitive therapies

 

2 STUDENT PRESENTATIONS

Chapters 9 and10 in text

 

CBT

 

Behavioural Activation

6

Family Systems therapies 

Working with families and groups

 

1-2 STUDENT PRESENTATIONS

Chapter 14 in text

 

Family therapies- differences and similarities

Using the Genogram in therapy

7

Constructivist & Post-Modern theories

Narrative Therapy

               

1-2 STUDENT PRESENTATIONS

Chapter 13 in text

 

Constructivist and Post Modern Theory- where Narrative came from

 

Narrative Therapy, applications and techniques

8

Class Free

9

 Expressive

 

1-2 STUDENT PRESENTATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

See Canvas for reading list

Art/Music Therapy

 

Sand Tray Therapy

10

Feminist

 

 STUDENT PRESENTATIONS

Chapter 12 in text

Feminist Therapy

 

Expressive Therapy- Movement/Drama

11

ACT and Mindfulness

 

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS

 

 

Assigment 2, Essay due October 15, 5:00 pm

See Canvas for reading list

ACT

 

Mindfulness

12

Solution Focused, Brief & time-limited approaches

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS

Chapter 13

Solution Focused Therapy

13

Integrative 

Student Presentation

Ch. 15

Ecotherapy and Animal Assited Therapy

4. Unit Resources

4a Required Texts/Readings:

Corey, G. (2015) Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy (10th ed) USA: Cengage Learning

 

 

4b Materials and Equipment:

Students will need to familiarise themselves with use of PowerPoint and any audio-visual equipment to be used in Canvas' Virtual Room, well prior to their co-presentations. (e.g.  PowerPoint screen sharing, virtual white board, youtube screen share, polling etc).

4c Unit Website:

Each unit you are enrolled in has an online teaching site in the learning management system UCLearn. You access UCLearn through MyUC.

 

Each unit you are enrolled in has an online teaching site in the learning management system UCLearn. You access UCLearn through MyUC. Follow the link that says Continue to UCLearn (Canvas).

The site contains relevant and useful information about the unit, along with regular updates on items of interest, information about assignment procedures and other issues and an opportunity for accessing unit and lecture material. Checking the UCLearn twice weekly will keep you up to date in this Unit. Please note that all student access and input onto UCLearn site can be monitored by tutors.

Include social media warning:

N

5a. Assessment Item Details

Click on an Assessment Item for more details.

  • Assessment 1:

    Team Presentation of a Counselling Theory, Activity and 1-page Summary Handout

     

     

     

     

  • Ass 2: Essay- Compare and contrast TWO counselling approaches

  • NB: To pass this unit you must submit and achieve a pass in both assessments. All Assignments in this unit are graded

5b. Assessment Requirements

Submission of assessment items:

Where possible, all assessment items will be submitted online via the teaching site in UCLearn. The first page of each assessment item should include the following information:

  • Student ID number:
  • Assessment Name:
  • Word Count (if applicable):

Students' names are not to be included on any assessment tasks/submission. Only Student ID numbers should be included (as per the Assessment Policy and Assessment Procedures).

Assessment items must be submitted to the assignment area in the UCLearn teaching site, relating to that piece of assessment. It is the student's responsibility to upload the correct and corresponding draft or assessment item, to the right submission section.

Late submissions will only be accepted for a limited period. If more than one late submission is made within that period, only the first late submission will be accepted for marking and may be subject to penalties as detailed in the Assessment Procedures.

Extensions

Students can apply for an extension to the submission due date for an assessment item due to extenuating, evidenced circumstances (specific details are found in the Assessment Procedures). An extension must be applied for before the due date. Documentary evidence (e.g. medical certificate) will be expected for an extension to be granted, however this will not guarantee that the application will be successful. The Unit Convener or relevant Program Director/Course Convener will decide whether to grant an extension and the length of the extension.

An Assignment Extension form is available from the Student Forms page.

Late Submission

Late submission of assignments without an approved extension will result in a penalty of 5% reduced marks from the total available, per calendar day late. An assignment submitted over 7 days late will not be accepted.

    

To pass this unit you must submit and achieve a pass in both assessments. All Assignments in this unit are graded.

Responsibility for Understanding

If there is any doubt with regard to the requirements of any particular assignments or assessment procedure, the onus for clarifying the issue rests with the student who should contact the unit convener or tutor.  Further, it is the responsibility of students to ensure that they are correctly enrolled in the unit and that the tutor and Student Administration have their correct contact details.

Special Assessment Requirements:

Information on extensions and special consideration for assessments can be found in the Assessment Policy and Assessment Procedures.

Year-Long Units: Students enrolled in year-long units (consisting of a part A and part B unit code) will be allocated a continuing grade (CNTYL) on completion of part A. Once the student has completed part B, the grade for part A will be updated so that the grades for the two unit codes are the same.

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Late submission of assignments

Late submission of assignments without an approved extension will receive a reduction of 5 percent per day from the total mark available, for each day that the assignment is late (up to 7 days, after which the student will receive zero marks for the assessment item).  (Detail is provided at 9.12.39 of the Assessment Policy).

In extenuating circumstances a late submission may be considered upon the production of supporting documentation and at the discretion of the unit convener.

Moderation

Assessments will be moderated according to the moderation procedures followed by the School  of Counselling.

Extensions: Extensions must be applied for before the due date. 

 Students can apply for an extension to the due date for submission of an assessment item on the grounds of illness or other unavoidable and verifiable personal circumstances. Documentary evidence will be expected in order that an extension be granted.

It should be noted that such documentation will be considered but will not guarantee that the application will be successful. The Unit Convenor will decide whether to grant an extension and the length of the extension. See the Student Forms page.

Supplementary Assessment:

Refer to the Assessment Policy and Assessment Procedures.

Academic Integrity

Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University’s Student Charter for more information.

To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.

Use of Text-Matching Software

The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.

6. Student Responsibility

6a Learner Engagement

In order to get the most out of your studies, it is strongly recommended that you plan your time commitments, actively engage in class discussions (online or face-to-face) and work with your peers as part of your study. The amount of time you will need to spend on study in this unit will depend on a number of factors including your prior knowledge, learning skill level and learning style. Nevertheless, in planning your time commitments you should note that for a 3 credit point unit the total notional workload over the semester or term is assumed to be 150 hours. The total workload for units of different credit point value should vary proportionally. For example, for a 6 credit point unit the total notional workload over a semester or term is assumed to be 300 hours.

6b Inclusion and Engagement

It is strongly recommended that students who need assistance in undertaking the unit because of disability or an ongoing health condition register with the Inclusion and Engagement Office as soon as possible so that reasonable adjustment arrangements can be made.

6c Participation Requirements:

It is intended that learning in this unit will be interactive and practical.  It is presumed therefore that students have made adequate arrangements for attending all teaching-learning sessions (including lecture attendance/listening). In order to be considered participating a student needs to attend the whole two hour tutorial, arriving no more than 10 mins after tutorial commencment.

You must speak directly to your tutor and  co-presenter, giving at least 48 hrs notice to postpone your co-presentation for Assignment 1 and only on the grounds of medical or other exceptional personal circumstances with the support of appropriate medical or counsellor documentation.

 If participation requirements cannot be satisfied (e.g. timetable clash), it is recommended that you meet with your course convenor to schedule this unit for a future semester.

6d Withdrawal:

If you are planning to withdraw please discuss with your Unit Convener. UC College students must also seek advice from the College.

Please see Important Dates for Applications and Enrolments for information on deadlines.

6e Required IT Skills:

Students are expected to have or to develop the information communication technology skills necessary to access the unit’s UCLearn website, to submit competently word-processed assignments, to use presentation software (such as Microsoft PowerPoint etc), and to access relevant web-sites/resources and on-line journals. Training opportunities exist within the university to assist students in developing these skills.

Students are expected to familiarize themselves with any technology and their operation well prior to their presentations.

6f In-unit costs:

Note: To calculate your unit fees see: How are Your Fees Calculated? Your unit convener may have listed textbooks for you to purchase via The School Locker.

6g Work Integrated Learning:

N/A

Type of WIL (pre 2020):

Not Applicable

6h Additional Information:

APA referencing format is required in this unit. You will find some important information about referencing on the following website:

            http://canberra.libguides.com/content.php?pid=238252&sid=1966106

           

7. Student Feedback

All students enrolled in this unit will have opportunities to provide anonymous feedback on the unit through the InterFace Student Experience Questionnaire (ISEQ). The request for your feedback will be posted on your InterFace page at least twice during a teaching period. InterFace can be accessed through MyUC.

Changes to Unit Based on Student Feedback:

All students enrolled in this unit will have opportunities to provide anonymous feedback on the unit. This will be posted on your InterFace page at the beginning, middle and end of the teaching period. InterFace can be accessed through MyUC.

8. Authority of this Unit Outline

Any change to the information contained in Section 2 (Academic content), and Section 5 (Assessment) of this document, will only be made by the Unit Convener if the written agreement of the Program Director and a majority of students has been obtained; and if written advice of the change is then provided on the teaching site in UCLearn. If this is not possible, written advice of the change must be then forwarded to each student enrolled in the unit at their registered term address. Any individual student who believes themselves to be disadvantaged by a change is encouraged to discuss the matter with the Unit Convener.

Exception – Potential changes to a unit's learning activities and assessment items (Approved Academic Board 2020)

In the event of Australian Government and/or ACT Government directive, such as those requiring physical distancing and restrictions on movement because of a pandemic, learning activities and/or assessment items in some units may change. These changes will not be updated in the published Unit Outline but will be communicated to students via the unit's UCLearn (Canvas) teaching site. The new learning activities and/or assessment items will continue to meet the unit's learning outcomes, as described in the Unit Outline.

New learning activities and/or assessment items will be available on the unit's UCLearn (Canvas) teaching site. Please contact the Unit Convener with any questions.

Examination Request Requirements

Is an exam required? NO

Moderator Details

Program Director/Course Convener Review:

This unit outline has been constructed in consultation with the UC unit convener, LIFE lecturer and UC course convener.

Moderator

Dr Stephani Stephens

Moderator (enter name):

Stephani Stephens
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