Practicum 1 is designed to orientate students to their practicum in a real world counselling setting. The unit will focus on introducing students to counselling case formulation and treatment planning, whilst educating students on factors important in establishing the supervisory relationship at their placement. The unit will address ethical issues in counselling, case note writing, and factors related to counselling assessment (such as the Mental Status Examination and the use of the family genogram). The unit will also introduce students to presenting real life clinical cases in a peer group environment and will introduce students to the practice of actively reflecting on their placement experiences.

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APT5060 - Applied Techniques of Counselling

APT5062 - Child & Adolescent: Applied Techniques in Counselling

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Formulate and implement learning goals relevant to their counselling placement  
  2. Reflect on counselling theory as it applies to counselling case practice.  
  3. Critically reflect on the research, ethical, and other frameworks relevant to their field placement practice  
  4. Analyse and critically review their placement organisation.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Journal Journal entries on theory, research and placement experiences (250 words each up to 2500 words) Pass/Fail
Case Study Case report of client and presentation (1500 words) Pass/Fail
Other Learning Goals Statement (200 words) Pass/Fail
Report Agency Overview (1000 words) Pass/Fail

Required reading

The Internship, Practicum and Field Placement Handbook: A Guide for the Helping Professions
Baird, B.N. 2014,
New Jersey/Prentice Hall

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