Student Placement Requirements

Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching)

Student placements are periods of unpaid work experience in approved organisations that provide counselling and/or coaching services in which students have opportunities to put theory into practice. Student placements are also an excellent opportunity to develop networks and explore career options and professional pathways.

In the course of undertaking their placements, students will

  • apply counselling and coaching theory and research to enhance wellbeing with a range of counselling populations, groups and organisations
  • participate in small group supervision of their practice to build effective counselling and coaching skills and interventions
  • develop ethical decision making skills
  • develop their professional identity as counsellors and coaches

All Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching) students will complete one counselling and placement unit and one coaching practice and supervision unit inclusive of 250 hours of placement, 46.5 hours of supervised practice composed of 31 hours small group clinical supervision and 15.5 hours of fortnightly classroom-based coaching practice:

  • COUN3031 Counselling Placement and Supervision 1: 125 hours of counselling placement and 15.5 hours of small group clinical supervision
  • COUN3041 Coaching Practice and Supervision: 125 hours of counselling placement and 15.5 hours of small group clinical supervision and 15.5 hours of classroom-based coaching practice fortnightly.

To successfully complete Counselling Placement and Supervision 1, students must:

  • be assessed as satisfactory in the mid placement review and on completion of the placement by their placement organisation
  • demonstrate they have completed required hours of placement and client counselling contact
  • satisfactorily complete an eportfolio of their placement experience using Mahara software
  • be assessed as satisfactory by their clinical supervisor

To satisfactorily complete Coaching Practice and Supervision, students must:

  • be assessed as satisfactory in the mid placement review and on completion of the placement by their placement organisation
  • demonstrate they have completed required hours of placement and client contact
  • observe six coaching sessions
  • satisfactorily complete an eportfolio of their placement experience using Mahara software
  • be assessed as satisfactory by their clinical supervisor
  • submit a recorded coaching practice session as an oral exam to meet ICF requirements

What is considered client counselling contact?

Direct client contact is face-to-face or person-to-person counselling or psychotherapy practice. In some circumstances such as counselling in rural and remote areas, or counselling of people with disability, this can include up to 10 hours of telephone or web counselling. Counselling or psychotherapeutic group work, co-counselling or co-facilitation of a counselling group are acceptable as client contact hours when the student takes a lead role and is not observing the group or participating as a client in the group.

Case management, counselling research and informal work with individuals, children and families are not considered to be client contact.

Counselling in placement organisations may include the following:

  • Individual counselling
  • Group counselling e.g. anxiety, depression, self-esteem group programs (not including support groups, as counselling must be the group purpose )
  • Co-counselling where the student has a leadership role
  • Family counselling
  • Counselling with children and young people and their families
  • Crisis and trauma counselling
  • Refugee or migrant counselling
  • Grief and bereavement counselling and palliative care

What is considered client coaching contact?

Coaching in placement organisations may include some of the following:

  • Observation of coaching sessions
  • Individual coaching sessions
  • Group programs for work-teams to enhance wellbeing and performance
  • Development of programs for organisations to enhance employees' wellbeing and performance

Supervision

There are two levels of supervision provided in the counselling and coaching placement and supervision units: placement and clinical.

1. The Placement Supervisor is the supervisor employed by the placement organisation with whom students work closely on a daily basis while on placement. The organisational supervisor must:

  • be in a managerial or supervisory role  in the organisation
  • Have at least three years relevant experience
  • Not be in a dual relationship with the student (eg. family member, partner, etc.)

2. The Clinical Supervisor is an experienced counsellor or coach and supervisor who is employed by the School of Counselling to provide small group supervision (maximum of five students).