COUNS545-21X (BLK)

Professional Practice of Counselling

30 Points

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Division of Education
Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education

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Convenor(s)

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: jinah.lee@waikato.ac.nz

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: melanie.chivers@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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This 30-point paper is a required paper for the MCouns degree. The paper and its co-requisite COUNS542 depend upon you bringing forward and putting to work your learnings from the first level papers.

The paper provides a structure to support the development of your practice in order that you build a firm foundation for ongoing effective and ethical professional practice as a counsellor in the wider community. While COUNS542 focuses on your work in placement settings, opportunities for learning and reflection supported by your peers in on-campus classes are the focus for COUNS545. The paper depends upon student practice, and upon student reflection on practice, in class, in supervision, and in professional practice contexts. The paper’s activities are focused on the development of narrative practice and on well-theorised accounts of that practice.

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Paper Structure

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This paper includes on-campus workshops and online assessment components.

For a detailed timetable of online assessment components (discussions, practice papers and recordings) please see Moodle and hand-outs.

In providing a transition into professional practice, this course requires you to bring forward your work amongst your peers so that you bring to your own learning the kind of collaborative stance that narrative counselling approaches invite. You will present your own practice, consult about your practice, support your peers in their practice presentations and consultations, and simultaneously engage with ongoing opportunities to develop and enhance your narrative practice and your understandings of practice principles. Moving on from first-level papers, you will bring the professional material that provides the focus for learning, while staff will provide structure and support.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • identify their own professional development interests and purposes, and plan to meet these identified interests and purposes
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  • having articulated their intentions, demonstrate purpose and success in bringing forward those developments they seek in their practice
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  • demonstrate sound connections between their own practice/theory and the narrative therapy ideas and practices taught at all levels of 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 willingness and skills in collaborating with peers and supervisors in the development of practice and of new possibilities for practice
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  • become familiar with outsider witness practices
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  • put their practice work forward for collaborative inquiry, consultation, and skill development
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  • become skilled in interrogating language and its effects in therapeutic 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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  • select, critique, and use relevant current professional literature for professional identity and skill development
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  • become familiar with selected areas of professional practice
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  • demonstrate practice familiarity with narrative literature and some knowledge of the post structuralist and social constructionist literature that supports narrative practice, particularly that used in all papers of the programme
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  • demonstrate the learning effects of engaging with feedback of peers, supervisors and teachers
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  • use professional supervision and university programme supervision effectively and regularly to support professional development interests and purposes.
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Assessment

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In achieving these learning outcomes, above, your performance will be assessed in the following three domains:

  • Academic work
  • Class work including on-campus and online work
  • Field work: reflection on aspects of counselling practice in placement 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. Professional Development Statement and Plan
15 Mar 2021
5:00 PM
25
  • Other: Hand in to paper coordinator
2. Practice Paper
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Video recordings and reflections
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Discussion of readings and viewings
22 Sep 2021
5:00 PM
15
  • Online: Moodle Forum Discussion
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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A book of readings will be available for purchase from Waikato Print. Electronic links to further readings are available through the Waikato Readings system.

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Recommended Readings

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The following text is available in e-book format from the library:

Brown, C. & Augusta-Scott, T. (2007). Narrative therapy: Making meaning, making lives. Sage.

Other texts as required in COUNS 541:

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

Crocket, K., Davis, E., Kotzē, E., Swann, B., & Swann, H. (Eds.) (2017). Moemoeā: Māori counselling journeys. Dunmore.

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

We encourage you to buy books that respond to your own professional practice and professional learning interests.

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Other Resources

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There are two specialist DVDS in the library for you to consult in your own time if they are relevant to your practice.

Ali Borden: Narrative therapy for eating disorders.

Lyra Berrera & Rob Santos: He just doesn't get it (or does he?): Internalised other interviewing with men in heterosexual relationships.

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Online Support

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

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Workload

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Please note that attendance at all of the on-campus dates (from 9am to 5pm) is a course requirement. In any special circumstances where a student is unable to attend a scheduled class, this must be negotiated with the paper coordinator prior to any absence.

On campus: 11 days x 7 hours per day = 77 hours. The remainder of the 300 hours will involve on line learning tasks, reading, assignment preparation, and reviewing and reflecting on counselling practice you are undertaking in COUNS542.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite(s)

Corequisite(s)

Corequisite papers: COUNS542

Equivalent(s)

Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: HDCO545

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