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BESC3121 Coaching Practice and Supervision

Bachelor Course Unit

Level: 300

Credit points: 6

Prerequisites: COUN3031 Counselling Placement and Supervision 1 and BESC3101  Life Coaching

Unit Description

This unit is an extension of COUN3031 Counselling Placement and Supervision 1. During this unit students will continue to attend their placement in an approved agency, and attend supervision/mentoring on a weekly basis. This unit aims to provide professional, quality supervision and an opportunity to have students’ coaching observed in a supported learning environment. Six of the 12 weeks will feature supervision from a counsellor, and six weeks will be with a PCC coach. Supervision will be conducted in a small group. It is very important to note that: students will remain at their counselling placement. Please note that as with COUN3031, the counselling supervision sessions are two hours; on the alternate weeks the coaching sessions are three hours. This is to allow sufficient time for the coaching activities.

This unit allows students to continue to build on their knowledge and counselling skills and to broaden the focus to incorporate coaching. The counselling supervision sessions provide a forum for students to bring counselling cases from their placement, to discuss placement experiences and to further develop their professional identity as counsellors. The coaching supervision sessions will provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate coaching skills, and learn to differentiate between counselling and coaching. Students will have the opportunity to have their coaching observed by a qualified ICF coach who will provide valuable feedback particularly in relation to how they have incorporated the ICF Core Competencies. The coaching supervision sessions will assist students to articulate how counselling and coaching provide different perspectives to clients seeking different outcomes. Students will also be able to bring cases from their placement where they may have used coaching skills, or to examine counselling cases through the lens of the coach.

Please refer to this link regarding credentials with the ICF in order to gain a full understanding of what is required:

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

  • Demonstrate an effective structure for coaching sessions;

  • Apply theoretical knowledge and techniques in the practice of coaching;

  • Effectively present coaching clients in supervision;

  • Engage in group supervision, reflect on practice and receive and apply feedback appropriately;

  • Demonstrate ethical processes and practice;

  • Describe the major theories and models of behaviour change;

  • Identify and analyse the differences between coaching and counselling;

  • Describe the organisational, cultural and social factors influencing coaching practice;

  • Reflect on their coaching efficacy and prepare for future practice;

  • Demonstrate the ICF core competencies.

Unit Workload

The workload for this unit is 15.5 hours per week.

Counselling Placement and Supervision Classes

Counselling Placement and Supervision classes are offered On Campus and Online. On Campus class times may change between terms, whereas Online synchronous class times tend to be the same each term.

On Campus class times for current enrolment periods can be accessed here.

Online times can be accessed here (scroll down the page and open the document at the bottom of the page).

Students are encouraged to plan their unit enrolment early to avoid clashes with their placement or other units.


The required text book for this unit  can be found by viewing the School of Counselling textbook list by selecting the course and trimester at the following link: 

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 the Academic Misconduct Policy for full details.


Unit information may be subject to change prior to the teaching trimester commencing. Once term has commenced please review the Unit Outline in your class space to ensure your trimester study plan is correct.