Students will undertake an external placement, involving individual counselling and participation in the activities of their placement organisation. Students will receive regular supervision onsite by a counselling supervisor, learn about ethical, organisational, and practice issues, and experience professional contact with a range of health and well-being professionals.

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APT6020 - Ethics and Professional Practice for Counsellors

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. Implement counselling theory and practice in counselling cases and client contact whilst on field placement;  
  3. Critically reflect on the research, ethical, legal, and other frameworks relevant to their field placement practice;  
  4. Develop reflective practice skills, including the capacity to seek advice on problems and challenges arising in the placement setting and engage in onsite supervision process for all client-related matters; and  
  5. Critically reflect on the inter-professional relations and collaboration in the placement setting in the context of service delivery.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Other Learning goals relevant to counselling placement (500 words) Pass/Fail
Journal Reflect on the placement experience (1000 words) Pass/Fail
Report Placement agency description Pass/Fail
Report Placement logbook and Supervisor's report Pass/Fail
To gain a pass in this unit, students are required to pass all assessment requirements and complete 120 hours of placement.

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