This unit of study is an advanced unit designed to develop students' knowledge of counselling theory and practice. The unit builds on the foundation units in the first year of the Master of Counselling (APT5035 and APT 5060/5062) to further develop students' knowledge of core counselling skills, counselling assessment and the application of counselling with a range of more complex client presentations (including depression, sexual abuse, complex anxiety and relationship issues). The unit will utilise a range of teaching methods, including didactic instruction, in class activities, counselling role play and demonstration. It is anticipated that successful completion of the unit will equip students with the skills to work effectively with complex clients with complex presentations.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Postgraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
APT6000

Prerequisites

APT5060 - Applied Techniques of Counselling

Co-requisites

Nil

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Conceptually map and adapt the application of psychological practice and relevant evidence based theories for/to complex presenting psychological issues;  
  2. Critically reflect upon a complex presenting issue and implement an evidence based psychological intervention; and  
  3. Exhibit an advanced level of competence in a range of counselling skills.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Case Formulation (1500 words) 30%
Assignment Treatment plan and Intervention (2000 words) 40%
Assignment Demonstration of counselling intervention. 30%

Required reading

Advanced skills and interventions in therapeutic counselling
Emmerson, G. (2006)
UK, USA: Crown House Publishing

A guide to treatments that work (4th Ed)
Nathan, P.E., & Gorman, J.M. (2015)
Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press

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