This unit will extend the work completed in Practicum 1. The unit involves students continuing their placement in a real life counselling setting. Students will further develop their knowledge of counselling case formulation and treatment planning and ethical and legal issues in counselling. The unit will also allow students to actively reflect on their counselling work and further develop their experience of presenting case material in a peer group. The unit will assist students to enhance their knowledge of working with diversity, risks in counselling, self-care, and closing cases.

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APT6001 - Practicum 1

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Formulate and detail professional placement activities using relevant formats and protocols  
  2. Plan, implement, and evaluate professional learning relevant to their counselling placement  
  3. Critically reflect on counselling theory and research as it applies to counselling cases.  
  4. Critically reflect on ethical, legal and other frameworks relevant to their field placement practice  


Assessment type Description Grade
Journal Journal of critical reflection practices and protocols in placement (2500 words) Pass/Fail
Case Study Case report of client and presentation (1500 words) Pass/Fail
Other Professional Placement Goals (200 words) Pass/Fail
Other Submission of signed log book detailing placement hours Pass/Fail
Other Successful evaluation from placement supervisor 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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