COUNSELLING AND PROFESSIONAL ISSUES
Credit points: 15
The content of this subject involves: 1. providing a theoretical framework for conducting psychological therapy sessions using a problem-solving approach to working with clients, 2. examining general factors that affect treatment outcomes across therapeutic approaches and developing associated counselling skills for working with a range of types of clients,and 3. examining professional and ethical issues related to working as a professional psychologist. The subject has both theoretical and practical components.
SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health
Subject Co-ordinatorEleanor Wertheim
Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo
Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
01. Improved ability to use micro- skills related to counselling, such as active listening, using questions appropriately, summarising, nonverbal behaviour, and managing process.
- Participation in seminars and interactive learning activities throughout the series and undertaking the reading from the associated references. Initial interview role play assignment
02. Develop a good working relationship and rapport with individuals in a 'client' role
- Participation in seminars and interactive learning activities throughout the series and undertaking the reading from the associated references. Initial interview role play assignment.
03. Effectively conduct an initial interview with a client
- Readings, class and between-class activities, and initial interview role play assignment
04. Develop overall formulations of client problems leading to interventions
- Seminar activities, reflective journal.
05. Develop short and long term goals for clients to assist in developing strategies and plan and negotiate home activities between sessions
- Participation in seminars, undertaking the reading from the associated references, and engaging in class and between-class activities
06. Understand ethical and professional issues of relevance to psychologists and demonstrate an ability to think reflectively about them
- Engagement in class activities, reading relevant materials, visiting professional websites, and working with an online self-guided unit on ethics and professional issues. Reflective written commentary.
07. Communicate to clients the relevant ethical, legal and professional context of a therapeutic process
- Reading relevant materials, engaging in an online unit on ethics and professional issues, class discussion and role play activities, and initial interview role play major assignment
08. Developed ability to evaluate ethical cases systematically considering ethical principles, cultural and legal context, and to access appropriate sources of expert advice
- Working through an online unit that includes an ethical decision making model with cases. Reviewing cases on the PsyBA website. Discussions in seminars, and related class activities. Reflective written commentary.
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Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEleanor Wertheim
One 2.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
Problem Based Learning
One 1.0 hours problem based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
|one 1000 words reflective journal activities||15||01, 02, 04, 05|
|Videotape of an initial interview role play and written commentary||60||01, 02, 03|
|Ethics and professional issues commentary||25||06, 07, 08|