BESC3041 The Reflective Practitioner

Bachelor Course Unit

BESC3041 The Reflective Practitioner

Level: 3rd year

Credit points: 3

Prerequisites: Professional Practice

Unit description

The aim of this unit is to assist students to clarify their professional identity and potential contribution as a practitioner in their chosen field. It will assist them to position themselves within their chosen field of practice, and to articulate the principles and social awareness that underpin their professional worldview.

This unit consists of one assessment task that students will work on during the term and is therefore quite different to any others they have studied during their course. Rather than being divided into 12 study sections, this manual is primarily designed to assist students in developing ideas for, and writing, their assessment.

Students will be encouraged to explore and reflect on their professional identity, and to develop an understanding of their values, principles and strengths as a practitioner. Students will also be asked to analyse their chosen field of practice to identify the potential career options and the further professional development required to help them meet their career goals.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

  • develop a personal vision and mission for your future professional life
  • articulate your identity and worldview as a professional
  • draw on the key learning throughout your studies to articulate your professional identity
  • identify and discuss your professional values and ethics
  • describe and analyse the social and professional context of the industry you are in or intend to practice in
  • strategies future plans to fulfil your professional potential
  • identify and analyse your professional strengths
  • identify and analyse your limitations as a practitioner and how these may influence your professional choices

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 13 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Please refer to the document available here.


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.


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.