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COUN3311 Work Placement, Experience and Supervision 1

Bachelor Course Unit - Core

Level: 300 core

Credit points: 6 (out of a total of 144 CP)

Prerequisites for Bachelor of Counselling students:

  • All Level 100 and all Level 200 core units
  • COUN3211 Contemporary Counselling Orientations and Research
  • COUN3221 Family and Relationship Counselling
  • COUN3231 Counselling Skills Training 3
  • COUN3251 Counselling Children and Youth
  • COUN3261 Group Work Counselling ONLY if Placement in group counselling setting

Prerequisites for Bachelor of Psychological Science and Counselling students: All Level 100 Multidisciplinary and Counselling core units and all Level 200 Counselling core units

Mode of Study: Online

*The unit COUN3321 Work Placement, Experience and Supervision 2 OR COUN3331 Coaching Practice and Supervision (Coaching minor students only) must be taken in the subsequent term as these units are run as a back to back student placement*

Unit Description

This unit is designed to meet the accreditation requires of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA). Field base placement units support the student counsellor to develop the skills essential for ethical counselling practice. It is when learning across the three years of the Bachelor of Counselling degree comes together in real counselling contexts.

In preparation for placement, students attend 1 x 1 day MANDATORY placement preparation workshop, one month prior to the trimester the student is to commence placement. This workshop is delivered on campus and by online webinar.

The ACAP small group clinical supervision component of this unit provides student counsellors the opportunity to critically reflect on their counselling practice, to facilitate and consolidate skill development and counsellor professional identity. Students appraise and exercise ethical thinking and ethical decision-making in counselling practice and in group supervision. They analyse complex client presentations, practice case conceptualisation and case formulation, apply counselling theories, skills and interventions to practice with diverse clients in placement agencies. Students engage in ongoing critically reflection on issues relevant to their placement and the focus / content of clinical supervision. 

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

a)    Demonstrate effective engagement in group supervision and placement, developing self-awareness and critical reflection through effective application of feedback
b)    Apply theoretical knowledge and counselling skills to practice with clients in a counselling agency
c)    Demonstrate ethical thinking and decision-making in counselling practice, with respect for the rights and autonomy of clients and therapeutic boundaries
d)    Demonstrate competency in the application of counselling skills and interventions for diverse client cases in counselling practice and in supervision 

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 14 hours per week.


The required text book for this unit can be found by viewing the 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.