COUNS542-19C (HAM)

Counselling Practicum

30 Points

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Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education
Te Oranga Human Development and Movement Studies

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Paper Description

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In this paper, in association with its co-requisite COUNS545 Professional Practice of Counselling, you have the opportunity to develop and strengthen your practice of counselling, adding to and extending the abilities and knowledges you have already developed in the first level papers. You will have the opportunity to engage in and reflect on a range of professional counselling activities in a practicum setting in order to further develop your practice, and to articulate clearly the practice positions you employ and the theoretical and ethical positions they produce and are produced by. You will work with a university programme supervisor as you prepare yourself in these ways for professional practice. In this paper, students will develop their professional identity through articulating their practice. The paper culminates in the production of a folio in which accounts of narrative practice illustrate what you have come to profess.

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Paper Structure

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This 30-point paper is a compulsory paper for the MCouns degree and includes a 450-hour practicum. It provides a structure and process whereby you bring together your learnings from your other work in the first level papers in the MCouns, in order to produce yourself as a professional counsellor by the end of the professional papers in the programme.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • develop agreements with selected agencies in which to develop practice skills and knowledge
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  • demonstrate advanced competencies in independent counselling practice
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  • demonstrate intention and effectiveness in counselling practice
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  • develop a supervision agreement with and work in ongoing professional relationship with a professional supervisor.
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  • demonstrate strong connections between their own practice/theory and the ideas taught in the programme
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  • demonstrate an ability to articulate the theory that produces and is produced by the therapeutic conversations they have with clients
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  • demonstrate effective use of narrative approaches in counselling practice
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  • demonstrate an understanding of the relations of power of professional practice
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  • investigate and account for the ethics of their practices, with an appreciation of the complexities of professional practice and the ongoing negotiation of ethical positions
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  • demonstrate effective use of professional supervision and university programme supervision
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  • identify, and use effectively, professional learning opportunities in exploring recordings of client practice in supervision and demonstrate the effects of these conversations
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  • demonstrate familiarity with relevant current professional literature
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  • demonstrate practice familiarity with narrative literature, and some knowledge of the post structural and social constructionist literature that supports narrative practice
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  • demonstrate the learning effects of reflexive practice.
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Assessment

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In this compulsory professional paper there are two domains where your performance will be assessed:

  • Academic Work
  • Field Work placement (counselling practice in agency settings).
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Placement and Supervision Contract
8 Mar 2019
5:00 PM
5
2. Practicum Folio
31 Oct 2019
5:00 PM
95
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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From HDCO541

Crocket, K., Agee, M., & Cornforth, S. (Eds.) (2012). Ethics in practice: A guide for counsellors. Wellington, New Zealand: Dunmore.

Ludbrook, R. (2012). Counselling and the law: A New Zealand guide. (2nd ed.). Auckland, New Zealand: Dunmore.

Recommended (available from library as e-book):

Brown, C. & Augusta-Scott, T. (2008). Narrative therapy: Making meaning, making lives. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Also highly recommended:

Crocket, K. Davis, E., Kotze, E., Swann, B., & Swann, H. (2017). Moemoeā: Māori counselling journeys. Auckland, New Zealand: Dunmore.

A book of readings and an electronic reading list will be available for COUNS545. These co-requisite papers assume students’ familiarity with the required readings and texts for COUNS541 and COUNS544.

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Recommended Readings

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We recommend that you also supplement your professional library with texts that support your particular professional interests.
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Online Support

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Students will have access to online materials via the Moodle website.

Students at a distance will meet with supervisors over a mutually agreed online platform.

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Workload

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You are required to engage in counselling practice in up to three approved counselling settings for the duration of the academic year (35 weeks). Placements of up to 40 weeks can be approved after negotiation. To pass this paper you will need to complete a placement of 450 hours made up of satisfactory counselling, group work, and consultancy and professional administration, including significant work with more than forty individuals/couples/families. Students should spend a minimum of 60% in direct client counselling work. You should regularly review the composition of your placement hours with your university programme supervisor. The course co-ordinator is also available for consultation about the make-up of individual placements.

Each student has a university programme supervisor with whom they meet (in person or via electronic media) on at least 9 occasions. University programme supervisors will also visit each student in placement for a full-day visit.

Please see the full version of the paper outline for further details.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite(s)

Corequisite(s)

Corequisite papers: COUNS545

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Restricted papers: HDCO542

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