COUN6221 Advanced Placement and Supervision 1

Master Course Unit

COUN6221: Advanced Placement and Supervision 1

Duration: One trimester

Level: 2nd year

Credit points: 6 (out of a total of 96 points)

Prerequisites: 8 Year 1 units must be completed

Mode(s) of delivery: Blended Delivery

Core/elective: Core

Unit description

Placements are a formative component of counselling education. This placement unit in the Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy provides students with opportunities to develop advanced practice skills and responsibility for client welfare in a collaborative and supported learning environment. Students undertake an approved supervised counselling placement, participate in weekly two hour ‘face-to-face’ (via Zoom) small group supervision of their counselling practice and journal their experiences using Blogs. 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.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit, students will 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 their use of counselling skills and interventions;
  • develop intervention planning and case formulation skills and apply counselling models to meet client needs.
  • participate effectively in group supervision and reflect on their practice;
  • synthesize and apply feedback to improve practice with clients
  • give effective feedback respectfully and appropriately
  • demonstrate ethical thinking and decision making about their practice and respect the rights of clients  

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 14 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Please refer to the document available here.

Graduate attributes

The material covered in this unit will contribute to the development of the following graduate attributes:

  • Communication

The ability to communicate effectively and appropriately in a range of contexts using literacy, numeracy and information technology skills. 

  • Independent and Lifelong Learning

A commitment to continued and independent learning, intellectual development, critical analysis and inquiry, integrative thinking, and creativity.

  • Problem Solving

The ability to problem solve across a range of settings including professional, social and cultural contexts. 

  • Information Literacy

The ability to assimilate, analyse and utilise information effectively in a range of contexts, genres and texts types.

  • Innovation and Sustainability

A capacity to promote innovation within a socially sustainable environment.

  • Social Justice

An acknowledgment of and respect for equality of opportunity, individual and civic responsibility, indigenous and other cultures and times, and an appreciation of cultural diversity.

  • Discipline Knowledge and Skills

A command of a significant body of discipline knowledge and relevant professional skills.

  • Ethics and Ethical Practice

An awareness of, and sensitivity to, ethics and ethical standards on interpersonal and social levels, and within a field of study and/or profession.  To demonstrate integrity on social, cultural, and environmental issues.

  • Teamwork and leadership

A capacity for and an understanding of teamwork and leadership.

  • Global Perspective

An appreciation, respect and valuing of cultural and intellectual diversity.

Special provisions

Students will attend two hours of small group supervision fortnightly (equivalent to one hour per week) and spend 10 hours in their placement every week (120 hours of placement in total of which 40 hours must be counselling contact hours).

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.


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:

Relevant journals and resources

Knowledge and understanding of these topics will be enhanced by wide reading of international peer-reviewed journal articles from various domains of counselling and psychotherapy, which can be accessed via the ACAP Library’s journal databases.

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. This includes plagiarism of any nature. It is your responsibility to make sure that you understand what constitutes plagiarism in order to ensure that you do not engage in it. 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.