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COUN3321 Work Placement, Experience and Supervision 2

Bachelor Course Unit - Core

Level: 300

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,
  • COUN3311 Work Placement, Experience and Supervision 1
  • 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
  • All Level 200 Counselling core units,
  • COUN3311 Work Placement, Experience and Supervision 1

Mode of Study: Online

Unit Description

This is the second work placement, experience and supervision unit. The purpose and learning objectives as the same as Work Placement, Experience and Supervision unit 1. 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. 

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 professional engagement in group supervision and placement, practicing self-awareness and critical reflection through critical application of feedback
b)    Critically apply theoretical knowledge and counselling skills to practice with clients in a counselling agency
c)    Critically appraise and exercise ethical thinking and decision-making in counselling practice, with clients of diverse backgrounds
d)    Apply counselling theory, skills and interventions for diverse client cases in counselling practice 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.