This unit of study will examine the roles of reflective practice and of supervision relevant to providing effective counselling. The unit will address issues relating to how the self of the counsellor and one's personal history influences the counselling relationship, the purpose of supervision in counselling and the various methods and roles that supervision can be applied in professional settings.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically evaluate the impact of one's personal history in the motivations for being a counsellor;  
  2. Critically reflect on the role of the counsellor in the counselling relationship;  
  3. Appraise the purpose, roles and methods that supervision brings to the role of counselling; and  
  4. Reflect upon a range of regulating industry body practices and field placement procedures.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Genogram - self-reflective piece examining family history to gain awareness of factors that impact counselling (1000 words) 25%
Exercise Johari Window, a self-reflection exercise examining how aspects of oneself impacts on counselling work (1500 words) 35%
Report Group report on role and practice of supervision requirements for counsellors (1800 words) 40%

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