COUNSELLING SKILLS AND PROFESSIONAL ISSUES

PSY5CPI

2015

Credit points: 10

Subject outline

In the Counselling Skills component the objective is to teach a theoretical framework for conducting therapy sessions, and enable candidates to learn the basic counselling skills necessary for therapeutic interactions. The model of Egan is used as the basis of the course. The model includes establishing rapport through the use of listening and empathy, helping clients develop new perspectives, challenging, developing preferred scenarios, setting goals, formulating strategies and action plans, and helping clients implement programs. Over the weeks, candidates are required to read assigned chapters, do assigned partner exercises demonstrating key points, practise videotaping their work, and write journal reports on what they have learned from the homework. In the Professional Issues series various ethics and professional topics essential for professional psychologists are addressed in five seminar classes.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points10

Subject Co-ordinatorEleanor Wertheim

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission to SMCP or SDPCP or SMCNP or SDPCN

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

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.

Activities:
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

Activities:
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

Activities:
Readings, class and between-class activities, and initial interview role play assignment

04. Understand ethical and professional issues of relevance to psychologists and demonstrate an ability to think reflectively about them

Activities:
Reading relevant materials, role play activities, and initial interview role play major assignment, and reflective commentary.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEleanor Wertheim

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Audio-tape, video, and journal report on initial interview (500 words)50 01, 02, 03, 04
assignments covering readings and exercises (1,500 words)50 01, 04