COUNSELLING AND PROFESSIONAL ISSUES

PSY5COU

2019

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

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

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLynette Evans

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate competencies for using 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. Demonstrate an ability to 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. Demonstrate the competencies for conducting the structure and content of an initial interview with a 'client'.

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

04. Describe overall formulations of client problems leading to interventions.

Activities:
Seminar activities, reflective journal.

05. Demonstrate counselling skills involving assisting clients to plan and implement home activities between sessions.

Activities:
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.

Activities:
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. Demonstrate an ability to evaluate ethical cases systematically considering ethical principles, and cultural and legal contexts.

Activities:
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.

Activities:
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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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEleanor Wertheim

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours seminar other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Problem Based Learning Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours problem based learning other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One reflective written/journal activities (1,000 words)15 01, 02, 04, 05
Videotape of an initial interview role play (2,500-words) and written commentary (1,000-words)60 01, 02, 03
Ethics and professional issues commentary (1,600-words)25 06, 07, 08