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 of Coaching Practice and Supervision is an extension of COUN3031 Counselling Placement and Supervision 1. Students will remain at their counselling placement. This unit allows students to continue to build on their knowledge and counselling skills and to broaden the focus to incorporate coaching. Supervision will now also include sessions where students are able to demonstrate coaching skills, and learn to differentiate between counselling and coaching. Students will participate in supervision with a small group. In addition, students will engage in a minimum of four (4) coaching sessions whilst being observed by a qualified coaching mentor. To ensure that students understand the similarities and differences between counselling and coaching, six of the 12 weeks will feature supervision from a counsellor, and six weeks will be with a coaching mentor.

The unit aims to provide professional, quality supervision and an opportunity to have students’ coaching observed in a supported learning environment. During this unit students will continue to attend their placement in an approved agency, and attend supervision/mentoring on a weekly basis.

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/mentoring sessions will assist students to articulate how counselling and coaching provide different perspectives to clients seeking different outcomes. Students will also have the opportunity to have their coaching observed by an experienced and qualified ICF coaching mentor who will provide valuable feedback particularly in relation to how they incorporated the ICF Core Competencies. Students will also be able to bring any cases from their placement where they have been able to use coaching skills, or to examine counselling cases through the lens of the coach.

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.

Assignment summary


Word count


Coaching Supervision Presentations



ePortfolio Analysis



Coaching Oral Exam



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

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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.