Student Placement Requirements

 

Placement Requirements and Suitable Placement Activities:

Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling) 

Student placements are periods of unpaid work experience in supervised organisations that provide counselling or related services where students have an opportunity to put theory into practice.  Student placements are also an excellent opportunity for students to develop networks and explore career options and professional pathways.

All Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling) students are required to complete 2 student placements totalling 400 hours:

  • 1 x 150 hour placement beginning in the term following completion of the unit Developing Professional Practice
  • 1 x 250 hour placement beginning in the term following completion of the unit Professional Practice

Both placements must be completed in the field of Counselling

Students undertaking the Counselling Specialisation are also required to meet a minimum of 40hrs of direct client contact counselling and 10hrs of clinical supervision within their total placement hours.

What is considered direct client contact counselling?

Direct client contact is face-to-face or person-to-person counselling or psychotherapy work. This can include up to 10 hours of telephone counselling and 10 hours of counselling work with young people (under 18 years of age). Counselling or psychotherapeutic group work, psycho-educational groups and co-therapy or co facilitation of a therapy group will be counted as client contact hours as long as 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 would not be considered client contact

Supervision:

There are 2 levels of supervision; daily and clinical.

Your Daily Supervisor is the person with whom you work closely and who directs your activity and supervises you on a daily basis. Your daily supervisor must:

  • be in a managerial or supervisory role  in the organisation
  • Have at least 3 years relevant experience in the industry
  • Not have any other relationship with you (eg. family etc.)

At some stage of your total student placement hours, all BASS (counselling) students need to have 10 hours of clinical supervision regarding their 40 hours of client contact. Students will present client cases to their Clinical Supervisor. This is a structured opportunity for personal and professional development.

Your Clinical Supervisor must:

  • Be currently working at a management or supervisory level as a practitioner
  • Have at least 3 years post training experience in counselling or psychotherapy
  • Hold a 2 year minimum qualification in counselling, psychotherapy,  or a relevant degree i.e. psychology, social work etc
  • Have completed a minimum 750 hours of direct face to face counselling
  • Have completed 75 hours of clinical supervision post qualification
  • Not have any other relationship with you (eg. family, therapist  etc.)

The Clinical Supervisor must be suitably qualified and experienced. Check with Student Placement if you are unsure.

Appropriate/ possible duties for general or first placement hours may include:

  • Observing, co facilitating or facilitating appropriate skilled assessment, information, referral and assistance to clients
  • Liaising with co-workers and other service providers
  • Casework, case notes liaising with other services
  • Maintaining records and collecting client information
  • Participating in the development, analysis, evaluation and planning of services
  • Participating in the organisation as appropriate including the implementation of projects, programs and promotional activities in areas relevant to the service
  • Conducting individual or family interviews to identify clients' circumstances and requirements
  • Assisting in the provision of services, or referring clients to other community organisations which may be better able to provide more appropriate services
  • Facilitating support groups
  • Students are expected to participate in all the activities of the organisation that a counsellor or case worker would participate in eg fill in on reception at lunch breaks, answer the phones if receptionist is busy, some admin work. However students should be focusing on workplace activities that allow them to practice their counselling skills. No counselling student should be primarily focused on admin, reception or answering phones

Appropriate/ possible duties for Direct Client Contact Counselling (40 hours – usually during second placement) may include:

  • Group therapy eg Anxiety, depression, self-esteem programs (not support groups as there must be One to one counselling)
  • Dual counselling (co-counselling where the student has a leadership role)
  • Relationship counselling
  • Family counselling
  • Solution focused counselling work with children (up to 10 hours)
  • Crisis counselling eg. Life Line or other telephone counselling (up to 10 hours)

Depending on whether this is a student’s 1st or 2nd placement, appropriate roles may include (but are not limited to):

  • Community and welfare work (youth worker, aged care, disabled care, alcohol and other drugs counselling)
  • Health care work or counselling in the allied health professions Family support services, child, adolescent and family counselling
  • Relationship counselling
  • Bereavement counselling and palliative care
  • Multicultural services
  • Mediation and negotiation facilitator
  • Crisis and trauma counselling
  • Refugee or migrant counsellor

 Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Coaching) 

Student placements are periods of unpaid work experience in supervised coaching organisations where students have an opportunity to put theory into practice.  Student placements are also an excellent opportunity for students to develop networks and explore career options and professional pathways.

All Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Coaching) students are required to complete 2 student placements totalling 400 hours:

  • 1 x 150 hour placement beginning in the term following completion of the module Developing Professional Practice
  • 1 x 250 hour placement beginning in the term following completion of the module Professional Practice

Both placements must be completed in the field of the chosen specialisation

Your day to day supervisor must:

  1. be in a managerial or supervisory role  in the organisation
  2. Have at least 3 years relevant experience in the industry
  3. Not have any other relationship with you (eg. family etc.)

 

 Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Management) 

Student placements are periods of unpaid work experience in supervised workplaces where students have an opportunity to put theory into practice.  Student placements are also an excellent opportunity for students to develop networks and explore career options and professional pathways.

All Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Management) students are required to complete 2 student placements totalling 400 hours:

  • 1 x 150 hour placement beginning in the term following completion of the module Developing Professional Practice
  • 1 x 250 hour placement beginning in the term following completion of the module Professional Practice

Both placements must be completed in the field of the chosen specialisation

Your day to day supervisor must:

  1. Be in a managerial or supervisory role  in the organisation
  2. Have at least 3 years relevant experience in the industry
  3. Not have any other relationship with you (eg. family etc.)

 

 Bachelor of Applied Social Science (No Specialisation) 

Student placements are periods of unpaid work experience in supervised workplaces where students have an opportunity to put theory into practice.  Student placements are also an excellent opportunity for students to develop networks and explore career options and professional pathways.

All Bachelor of Applied Social Science (No Specialisation) students are required to complete 2 student placements totalling 400 hours:

  • 1 x 150 hour placement beginning in the term following completion of the module Developing Professional Practice
  • 1 x 250 hour placement beginning in the term following completion of the module Professional Practice

Both placements can be in one or two of the specialisation fields.

Your day to day supervisor must:

  1. Be in a managerial or supervisory role  in the organisation
  2. Have at least 3 years relevant experience in the industry
  3. Not have any other relationship with you (eg. family etc.)

 

 Associate Degree of Applied Social Science 

Student placements are periods of unpaid work experience in supervised workplaces where students have an opportunity to put theory into practice.  Student placements are also an excellent opportunity for students to develop networks and explore career options and professional pathways.

Associate Degree of Applied Social Science students are required to complete 1 student placement totalling 150 hours:

  • 1 x 150 hour placement beginning in the term following completion of the module Developing Professional Practice

Placement can be in any of the specialisation fields.

Your day to day supervisor must:

  1. be in a managerial or supervisory role  in the organisation
  2. Have at least 3 years relevant experience in the industry
  3. Not have any other relationship with you (eg. family etc.)