Practicum 3 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 prompt them to actively reflect on their placement experiences.

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APT5060 - Applied Techniques of Counselling

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. Critique counselling theory and practice as it applies to counselling cases.  
  3. Critically reflect on the theory, research, ethical, legal 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 and placement observations (3000 words) Pass/Fail
Case Study Case study of client (1500 words) Pass/Fail
Other Learning Goals statement (200 words) Pass/Fail
Report Agency Analysis and Report (1000 words) Pass/Fail

Required reading

The Internship, Practicum and Field Placement Handbook: A Guide for the Helping Professions 7th ed.
Baird, B.N., (2014)
New Jersey/Prentice Hall

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