COUN6081 Advanced Counselling Placement & Supervision 1

Master Course Unit

COUN6081 Advanced Counselling Placement & Supervision 1

Level: Masters
Credit points: 4
Prerequisites: Advanced Counselling Applications

Unit description

Placements are a formative component of counselling education. This placement unit in the MASS (Counselling) provides students with opportunities to develop advanced practice skills and responsibility for client welfare in a collaborative supported learning environment. Students undertake an approved supervised counselling placement and participate in fortnightly 2 hour 'face-to-face' small group supervision of their counselling practice. Students must be in a clinical counselling practice context or 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 should be able to: 

  • apply advanced theoretical knowledge and counselling skills to practice with clients in a counselling agency
  • analyse the influence of organisational, cultural and social contexts on counselling practice
  • analyse and critique your use of counselling skills and interventions
  • present client cases
  • demonstrate awareness of your use of counselling skills and interventions
  • develop intervention planning and apply counselling models to meet client needs
  • participate effectively in group supervision and reflect on your practice
  • synthesize and apply feedback to improve practice with clients
  • receive, give and apply feedback respectfully and appropriately
  • demonstrate ethical thinking and decision making about their practice and respect the rights of clients

Unit content

  • Counselling Placement of 120 hrs including 40 hrs of counselling client contact
  • Clinical Supervision attendance
  • MAHARA e-portfolio
  • Student evaluations
  • Readings

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 13 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Assignment Type


Week Assessed

Assessment of Supervision Participation and Professional Counselling Goals



Assessment of Supervision Participation



Placement Report: Achievement of Professional Goals



Graduate attributes

The following graduate attributes will be developed in this unit:

  • Awareness of the influence of organisations on clinical practice
  • Ability to critique counselling skills and practice
  • Application of theory to clinical counselling practice
  • Enhancement of counselling intervention skills
  • Ability to receive and apply feedback to improve counselling skills
  • Ability to give feedback sensitively and respectfully
  • Ability to use supervision to improve ethical awareness and skills in practice

Recommended text

Cleak, H. M., & Wilson, J. (2013). Making the most of field placement (3rd ed.). Melbourne, Australia: Thomson Learning Australia.

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.


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