Advanced Counselling Skills PG (6cp) (10064.2)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| On-Campus
|| UC - Canberra, Bruce
|0.25||6||Faculty Of Health|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Discipline Of Counselling||Post Graduate Level|| Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020)
Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Band 2 2021 (Prof Pathway Social Work- After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Act responsibly, ethically and professionally as practitioners in the counselling profession and in their obligations to the community and society;
2. Undertake independent study and demonstrate a high level of initiative and leadership;
3. Identify and analyse complex problems within the counselling field and formulate and implement ethical and professional solutions;
4. Demonstrate a high level of competence in a wide variety of counselling skills and be able to apply these skills in a range of complex contexts;
5. Contribute to evidence based, research informed theory and current practice in the field of counselling and psychotherapy; and
6. Understand and use technology effectively and creatively in research and counselling practice.
Graduate attributes1. 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 - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
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 - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - be self-aware
As students of the University they will develop the qualities of critical thinking, curiosity and reflective practice. They will use foresight, initiative and leadership, and be open to alternative perspectives. As graduates, they will continue to learn and thrive in environments of complexity, ambiguity and change.
Prerequisites7743 Counselling Skills and Models PG AND 7744 Counselling Theory and Concepts PG AND 7781 Introduction to Professional Supervision PG AND 7748 Counselling Placement Supervision PG.
CorequisitesMust be enrolled in 341JA Master of Counselling.
Assumed knowledgeCompetence in a range of counselling skills, ability to critically appraise own practice and knowledge of major counselling theories.
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2021||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 2||02 August 2021||On-Campus||Ms Milli Blenkin|
|2022||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 2||01 August 2022||On-Campus||Ms Milli Blenkin|
There is no prescribed text for this unit. The following 4 books are recommended.
Crago,H. & Gardner,P.(2012) A Safe Place for Change: skills and capacities for counselling and therapy East Hawthorne, Vic., Australia: IP Communications
Latest version (2nd edition) 2019 is also available on e-book in the reading list on Canvas unit site).
Duncan, B.L. (2000) The Heroic Client: Doing Client-Directed, Outcome-Informed Therapy. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass
Johns, H. (2012) 2nd ed. Personal Development in Counsellor Training. London: SAGE Publications
Noble, C. & day, E. (2015) Psychotherapy and Counselling: Reflections on Practice Sth Melbourne, Vic., Australia: Oxford University Press
Additional readings which are required pre-reading for classes as indicated will be available on UC-Learn.
Some of the relevant journals available online through the library catalogue are:
Psychotherapy in Australia
Counseling and Values
Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal
European Journal of psychotherapy, counselling and health
Australian Journal of guidance and counselling
Counselling and Psychotherapy Research
Counseling and Human Development
International Journal for the advancement of Counselling
Journal of Mental Health Counselling
In Session: Psychotherapy in Practice
Journal of multicultural counseling and development
Journal of Professional Counselling, practice, theory and research
Journal of Family Studies
Australian Social Work
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
All Assignments in this unit are graded. In order to pass this unit, all assignments must be submitted and an overall mark of 50% or more must be reached.
The Master of Counselling has been designed to meet the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) accreditation requirements, which include 200 hours face to face learning. This translates to at least an 80% attendance in each unit. It is expected that students will attend all sessions unless prevented by illness or other unforeseen situations. In these circumstances students should notify the lecturer in advance where possible. In order to meet the required professional and educational standards students must discuss catch-up work with the lecturer when two sessions have been missed.
Required IT skills
You must be able to word process assessments so that they are well presented, search the library data bases for relevant journal articles and access the UCLearn site for this unit. It is the individual student's responsibility to access appropriate help from the university IT services or the library if they do not have adequate skills.
Work placement, internships or practicums
This unit involves clinical placement and therefore, additional student responsibilities are required in addition to those described in this section. Work-place learning requires strict adherence to professional practice principles and ethics. Client confidentiality must always be maintained, including for assessment items such as reports or essays. The professional nature of this unit also requires 100% participation at all learning activities (lectures, practicals etc. if scheduled – see section 3) for the successful completion of this unit (also see section 6c).
Please note students are required to undergo a Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) background check and Police Check to undertake a placement for this unit as well as a schedule of immunisations before the start of the semester if intending to do student-led practice at the Hub.
APA referencing format is required in this unit. You will find some important information about referencing on the following website: