COUN5121 Integrative Project

Graduate Diploma Level Unit

COUN5121 Integrative Project

Level: Higher

Credit points: 3

Prerequisites: Counselling Skills 2, Counselling Methods 2, Counselling in Loss, Mental Health Issues, Social, Legal and Ethical Issues, and Theory and Practice of Supervision

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to assist students to integrate their experience of counselling practice with the theory studied throughout the Graduate Diploma of Counselling.

This unit consists of one assignment task that students work on during the term and is therefore quite different to any others they have studied during their course. Rather than being divided into 12 study sections, the manual is primarily designed to assist students in developing ideas for, and writing, their assignment.

Students will be encouraged to explore and reflect on their current counselling work to identify specific issues or problems within their own practice. They may also identify new skills to manage these issues. Their assignment will focus on the issues they identify. 

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

  • integrate learning from your personal experience with theory you have studied throughout the course
  • critique literature related to professional development and integration
  • reflect on the challenges associated with integrating theory into professional practice

Unit content

  • Introduction
  • Identify areas of interest
  • Clarifying your project topic
  • Steps of a Literature Search
  • Researching Relevant Literature
  • Preparation and Progress Check
  • Presentations and Journalising
  • Project Review
  • Reviewing Your Draft in Light of the Assessment Criteria
  • Two Weeks to Go Until the Submission of your Project
  • One Week to Go Until the Submission of your Project
  • Reflection on the Term and Processes
  • Conclusion

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9.75 hours per week.

Assignment summary



Word count


Reflective Essay




Graduate attributes

The following graduate attributes will be developed in this unit:

  • Creative self-expression
  • Reasoned criticism
  • Multiple research methodologies
  • Complex data acquisition techniques and analysis
  • Written expression and reasoned argument from empirical data
  • Evaluating possible outcomes of alternative courses of action

Recommended text

No assigned textbook.

Relevant journals

British Journal of Guidance and Counselling
Counseling and Values
Counselling Psychology Quarterly
Counselor Education and Supervision
Counselling Psychology Quarterly
Counselling and Psychotherapy Research
Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal
Ethics and Behavior
European Journal of Psychotherapy, Counselling and Health
Journal of Counseling and Development
Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education and Development
Journal of Multicultural Counseling
Professional Psychology: Research and Practice
Psychotherapy Networker
Psychotherapy in Australia
The Clinical Supervisor
Therapy Today

Academic misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. Please refer to for full details of the Academic Misconduct Policy.


This unit outline may be updated and amended from time to time. To ensure you have the correct outline please check it again at the beginning of the semester.