HMDEV340-19A (HAM)

Perspectives on Counselling

15 Points

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Te Oranga Human Development and Movement Studies


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Paper Description

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An examination of the philosophical, psychological and sociological principles that underpin the aims and methods of the helping professions in general, and counselling in particular.

Students will be expected to be able to

1. Explain the underlying principles of a range of different approaches to counselling, using the following questions as a framework:

- What does it look like in practice?

- What are the underlying ideas that produce this counselling method?

- How is language used in this method of counselling?

- What kind of relationship between the counsellor and client does this approach promote?

- How does this counselling method conceive of gender relations?

- How does this counselling method handle cultural differences?

- How does this approach to counselling work with a particular problem issue?

2. Carry out a helping conversation using a range of listening skills

3. Reflectively analyse their own performance in the helping conversation.

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Paper Structure

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There is a two-hour lecture and one-hour tutorial each week for this paper. Please see below for details.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • understand and describe the underlying ideas that inform selected approaches to counselling
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  • observe and identify the benefits of counselling
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  • demonstrate basic helping skills from the field of counselling which are generic enough to apply to a variety of professional fields
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  • engage in a small practice interview, practising the helping skills taught in tutorials and using theory explained in lectures
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  • analyse an interview transcript and identify the skills used and connect to appropriate theory
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  • be able to refer people to counsellors in ways that enable clients to make best use of what counsellors can offer
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Please note that any announcements regarding general requirements and assessment not contained in this document will be posted in the Announcements Forum. You need to ensure that your default email address is correct in Moodle, as the site will forward these messages to you automatically.

Students intending to offer their work for assessment in Māori should read the policy on the use of Māori for Assessment. You are welcome to submit your assignments in Māori. However, it is important that you advise the lecturer at the beginning of the paper that you intend to do this. Failure to do so could result in long delays in marking.

Note: To pass the paper, the assessment related to both parts of the assignment are compulsory and must be attempted

Attention BSW students: Your HMDEV340 Helping skills assignment result is factored into the process of considering your individual preparedness for your first fieldwork placement (SOCWK300). The HMDEV340 Paper Convenor will liaise with the BSW Fieldwork Placement Coordinating Lecturer with confirmation of your Helping skills assignment grade. Please be aware that you must successfully pass the Helping skills assignment (as well as HMDEV340) in order to continue onto SOCWK300.

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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. Helping Skills Assignment - Part 1. Interview and transcript
30 Apr 2019
4:00 PM
  • Other: Submit in assignment box at FEDU Reception
2. Helping Skills Assignment - Part 2. Commentary and analysis
30 Apr 2019
4:00 PM
  • Other: Submit in assignment box at FEDU Reception
3. Test
29 May 2019
4:00 PM
  • Online: Moodle Forum Discussion
4. Tutorial participation
31 May 2019
4:00 PM
  • In Class: In Tutorial
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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The course book of readings contains a number of readings for students to read before lectures and tutorials. The readings are available in the Online Reading List for this paper, and the book can be purchased by all enrolled students from Waikato Print Shop (ground level, WSU Building), and for Tauranga students, please order online (

If you request the book to be posted to you, it will be sent to your postal address as recorded by the University. Please see details for purchase/order of books of readings online

An additional recommended text is:
Morgan, A. (2000). What is narrative therapy? An easy-to-read introduction. Adelaide, Australia: Dulwich Centre Publications. ISBN 0 9577929 0 5
[This book should be available for purchase from Bennett’s University Bookshop (07 856 6813), Waikato campus, and is on Course Reserve in the University of Waikato libraries]
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Recommended Readings

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Available in the University of Waikato Libraries

Monk, G., Winslade, J., Crocket, K., & Epston, D. (1997). Narrative therapy in practice: The archaeology of hope. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass. ISBN 0-7879-0313-2.

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Online Support

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HMDEV-19A(HAM) and HMDEV340-19A(TGA) each have a Moodle site.

Moodle Use

The Moodle site is organised by week and is used as a repository for additional visual, oral and written material. Information held for each week will be made available after the large group lecture.

Your lecturer/tutor may at times use material on Moodle during tutorial sessions, or will ask you to view material as part of your additional preparation work for a forthcoming lecture or tutorial session.

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The following are the minimum expectations for students’ workload on a (15 points) 300 Level Paper: 150-200 hours

This includes:
Reading in preparation for lectures and tutorials
22 hours of lectures
20 hours of tutorials
1 x 1.5 -hour tests
1-1.5 hours for pair interviews
1 assignment in two parts

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Linkages to Other Papers

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This course is valued at 15 points and contributes to programmes for students in Human Development (BSocSc), Social Work (BSW), Law (GradDip(DR)), Psychology (BA, BSocSc) and Teaching (BTchg). It also contributes to majors in Human Development, Psychology, and Social Work, and to a minor in Relational and Inclusive Practices.

The course assumes an audience of education and social science students likely to work in the helping professions, where you may work alongside counsellors, or may be involved in referring people to counsellors. This is not a counselling training course, but may assist those of you interested in further counselling training in a professional or voluntary capacity.

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Prerequisite papers: Either HDCO100, HMDEV100 or TEHD100, TEEDU102 and 15 points at 200 level in any subject.




Restricted papers: HDCO340

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