COUN3031 Counselling Placement and Supervision 1 - archive

Bachelor Course Unit

COUN3031 Counselling Placement & Supervision 1

Level: 3rd year

Credit points: 3


BESC2001: Social Legal and Ethical Frameworks

COUN2061: Counselling Theories 2

Unit description

Placements are a formative component of counselling education. This unit in the BASSIX (Counselling) provides students with opportunities to develop practice skills and responsibility for client welfare in a supported collaborative learning environment during an approved supervised counselling placement. Students will integrate theoretical learning in practice contexts through an agency (or the approved setting) and participate in 'face-to-face' small group supervision of their counselling practice. Students must be registered in an approved placement prior to enrolling in this unit. This unit supports students' development of self-awareness, interventions with clients with particular attention to reflective and ethical practice. This is an ungraded unit.

*Face-to-face' includes both online attendance via Blackboard Collaborate (ACAPLive) and on-campus attendance.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students will have acquired the skills to: 

  • apply theoretical knowledge and counselling skills to practice with clients in a counselling agency
  • describe the influence of organisational, cultural and social contexts on counselling practice
  • present client cases
  • demonstrate awareness of the use of counselling skills and interventions
  • develop intervention planning and apply counselling models to meet client needs
  • receive and apply feedback to improve practice
  • participate in group supervision and reflect on counselling practice
  • demonstrate ethical thinking and decision-making and respect the rights and autonomy of clients

Unit content

  • Counselling Placement  of 125 hours including 20 hours of counselling client contact
  • Clinical Supervision attendance
  • Learning contract
  • MAHARA e-portfolio
  • Student evaluations
  • Readings

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 13 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Please refer to the document available here

Graduate attributes

The following graduate attributes will be developed in this unit:

  • Awareness of the influence of organisations on clinical practice
  • Self-awareness of the use of counselling skills
  • Application of theory to clinical counselling practice
  • Development of counselling intervention skills
  • Ability to receive and apply feedback to improve counselling skills
  • Ability to use supervision to improve ethical awareness and skills in practice

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.

Recommended text

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 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.