Counselling Communication (5258.10)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| On-Campus
|| Bruce, Canberra
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Health|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Discipline Of Counselling||Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit|| 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 demonstrate:
1. An understanding of the theoretical and practical elements of the counselling relationship;
2. The ability to develop and maintain an appropriate counselling relationship;
3. The ability to use and combine individual skills to explore clients key concerns; and
4. Self-awareness and ethical sensitivity in facilitating counselling relationships and the application of counselling skills.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
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
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 - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
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
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - be self-aware
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 - evaluate and adopt new technology
The aim of this unit is to introduce students to theoretical and practical elements of the counselling relationship. Students will learn a model of interpersonal communication and a set of practical skills that are foundational in sound counselling practice and in working with clients in human service delivery. Skills learnt are also important in a range of professional settings.
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 1||06 February 2023||On-Campus||Dr Rana Tayara|
|2024||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 1||05 February 2024||On-Campus||Mr Tom Eckart|
Prescribed text:Prescribed text:
Geldard, D., Geldard, K., Yin Foo, R. (2021). Basic personal counselling: A training manual for counsellors. (9th ed.). Sydney: Pearson/Prentice-Hall.
Please note that if you search on the library catalogue or databases for counselling references and articles, that there are two spellings to counselling. In Australia and in the UK, it is spelled as ‘counselling" with two ‘l's, whereas in the US it is spelled ‘counseling'. Take this into account in your literature searches.
Some of the counselling journals sources available on the library database 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 assessment items will be submitted online via the unit Canvas site.
Special assessment requirements
Assignments are graded. In order to pass this unit, all assignments must be submitted and an overall mark of 50% or more must be reached.
Resubmissions are available only in the first and last units undertaken in an award and are at the discretion of the unit convener.
Late submission of assignments:
Students 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.)
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.
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.
Moderation of Assignments:
Some assessments will be moderated, as per the School Moderation Procedures. A copy of Moderation Procedures is available on Moodle.
This is a skills based unit. 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. In particular, attendance at tutorials is essential in this unit as students will not be able to attain and demonstrate in their assessments, the learning outcomes, unless they attend and fully participate in the tutorials.
Absence from more than two tutorials will seriously jeopardise student's ability to achieve and demonstrate the set learning outcomes. Students are also required to inform their lecturer/tutors of their absence if unavoidable and to seek consultation.
Important: Attendance at tutorials is essential in this course. Students will not be able to attain and demonstrate the required learning outcomes in their assessments unless they attend and fully participate in the tutorials. Experience from past years indicates that students who do not attend tutorials have a real risk of failing the unit.
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 Web site for this unit, and E-Reserve. 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
If there is any doubt with regard to the requirements of a particular assignment or assessment, the onus for clarifying the issue rests with the student who should contact the unit convener or tutor. Furthermore, it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they are correctly enrolled in the unit and tutorial and that the tutor and Student administration are provided with their correct contacts details.
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