INDIVIDUAL COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGY A

PSY5MSA

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students are introduced to an interpersonal process approach to psychological therapy. Through the framework provided by interpersonal approaches students will gain knowledge of the core elements involved in working effectively as professional counselling psychologists and will begin to apply this knowledge in simulated practice sessions. These elements (which include but are not limited to: establishing a working alliance; developing a 'being with' attitude; developing listening skills; honouring the client's resistance; rolling with resistance; working with ambivalence; responding to painful client feelings) will be introduced through theory, and through demonstration and practice (eg. role plays; viewing audio-visual demonstrations; video and audio recording of student practice sessions). This subject is grounded in the research literature on psychotherapy outcomes and a consideration of the problems and dilemmas of (modern) living in the 21st century.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGeoff Denham

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in HMCP - Master of Counselling Psychology.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsIntepersonal process in therapy: An integrative modelPrescribedTeyber, E., & McClure, F. (2010)BELMONT, CA: THOMSON BROOKS/COLE
ReadingsThe basics of psychotherapy: An introduction to theory and practicePrescribedWampold, B. (2010)WASHINGTON DC: AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Conduct and demonstrate a capacity to engage a client in a counselling session and clearly demonstrate the capacity to form a durable working alliance, and assist the client to clarify their presenting issues and the associated feelings.

Activities:
Reading and discussion of required readings for each week, and development of counselling skills in seminar/workshop sessions. Each workshop session (run weekly) provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning of therapeutic micro-skills through a graduated program of training.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Communication (Communication)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)

02. Demonstrate basic counselling skills such as active listening, summarising, affirmations, and appropriate timing and integration.

Activities:
Reading and discussion of required readings for each week, and development of counselling skills in seminar/workshop sessions. Each workshop session (run weekly) provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning of therapeutic micro-skills through a graduated program of training.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Speaking (Speaking)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Communication (Communication)

03. Demonstrate capacity to identify basic presenting themes or relational issues in a counselling session

Activities:
In seminar/workshop students develop their capacity to identify interpersonal themes by cross referencing their practice with their understanding of the required readings each week. Students are encouraged to identify their own relational patterns by acting as surrogate clients in role plays, and by becoming aware of their blindspots in these skill development exercises.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Communication (Communication)

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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-ordinatorGeoff Denham

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar
One 3.0 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
20-minute recording of a real or role-played counselling sessionRecording should demonstrate the use of open-ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening and summaries (20%) and self-evaluation of counsellor work in the session(20%).40 01, 02, 03
30-minute recording of a real or role-played counselling sessionRecording should demonstrate the use of open-ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening and summaries (20%) and self-evaluation of counsellor work in the session(20%).40 01, 02, 03
Completion of online quizzes on the required readings20 03