Course Outline

COU703 Internship 1

Course Coordinator:Kelly Thomson ( School:School of Law and Society

2024Semester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

Please go to for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This course allows you to gain in-depth supervised practice in an agency setting. The aim is to provide you with an opportunity to integrate and apply counselling knowledge, skills and personal and professional development experiences, in order to develop as a reflective and mindful practitioner in counselling practice and within the community. To pass this course you must demonstrate critical reflection on knowledge of theory and issues related to counselling practice and supervision. Your Internship Manual will provide full details of all requirements.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Placement – Mandatory attendance at Placement orientation workshop. Industry Placement commencing O week semester 1: 2 full days per week, plus a 2-hour supervision group on campus each fortnight to be scheduled with allocated clinical supervisor. You must complete 200 hours of internship in a human services organisation, and a minimum of 40 hours of direct client contact. 200hrs Week 1 Once Only

Course Topics

This course incorporates 200 hours of internship in professional counselling practice, within a community-based setting.

All interns receive clinical supervision throughout their internships.

What level is this course?

700 Level (Specialised)

Demonstrating a specialised body of knowledge and set of skills for professional practice or further learning. Advanced application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Demonstrate integration of counselling theory, knowledge and skills in a counselling practice. Empowered
2 Demonstrate critical self-reflection of your own practice, including your values, beliefs and your understanding of ethical responsibilities. Creative and critical thinker
3 Understand the relevance and importance of ongoing supervision and professional development within counselling practice. Ethical
4 Demonstrate relevant skills of assessment and intervention with a particular client group and apply creativity and initiative in in the application of this knowledge to other client groups. Be familiar with the organization, daily functioning, ethical concerns and demands and cultural diversity of a counselling practice. Engaged
5 Articulate understanding and integration of counselling theory and skills in an agency setting, positive, respectful working relationships with clients, colleagues and community members, valuing of others with an understanding of and sensitivity towards cultural diversity, gender and disability, in a group supervision setting. Ethical

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


COU701, COU709, COU750 and COU781 and enrolled in Program AR708




Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Limited Grading (PNP)

Pass (PU), Fail (UF). All assessment tasks are required to be passed for successful completion of the course.

Details of early feedback on progress

Timely and detailed feedback is provided for each assessment. Feedback is provided
both within text and general comments to build scholarly skills. Students are able to
seek feedback through face-to-face discussion with the course coordinator.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1a Placement performance Individual
See SONIA for your discipline
specific Code of Conduct. See
Codes of Conduct and Code of
Refer to Format In Class
All 1b Written Piece Individual
Submit your Mid (week 6-8)
placement Learning Agreement
via SONIA.
Submit you FINAL (week 12-16)
placement Learning Agreement
via SONIA.
Refer to Format Online Submission
All 2 Oral and Written Piece Individual
15 minutes
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) In Class
All 3 Written Piece Individual
Internship Hours documented on
SONIA Activities and Clinical
Supervision Logs Plus 1 x 500
word essay and 1 x 1000 word
reflective essay.
Refer to Format To Supervisor
All 4 Report Individual
As per Manual template
Week 13 To Supervisor
All - Assessment Task 1a:Code of Conduct
This task enables you to become
familiar with the Counselling WIL
Code of Conduct and the
counselling discipline Governing
bodies ACA and PACFA codes of
Product: Placement performance
During your WIL internship you are required to complete 200 hours of work experience. To
be eligible to pass, you are required to complete the internship satisfactorily according to
the Code of Ethics set out by ACA and PACFA and WIL Code of Conduct. These codes must
be upheld throughout the duration of internship.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Behaviour that is in accordance with the Counselling WIL Code of Conduct;
2 5
Behaviour that is in accord with the ACA and PACFA codes of ethics;
2 5
Adherence to the Counselling WIL Code of Conduct and the Student Internship/ Placement Agreement;
2 5
Completion of the required 200 hours
All - Assessment Task 1b:Learning Agreement
You will develop, articulate, assess and evaluate learning goals in a professional practice setting using counselling theory, skills, knowledge and values.
Product: Written Piece
Mid Placement Learning Agreement (submission week 6-8): Identify all options for learning
in consultation with your agency supervisor. The learning agreement will clearly outline your
learning goals and tasks.
Final Placement Learning Agreement (submission week 12-16): Review and articulate
examples of how learning goals and outcomes have been achieved in the proposed
outcomes section in the Learning Agreement.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrated linkage between appropriate counselling theory and knowledge with your tasks while on internship.
Articulation of specific learning objectives including counselling theory, theory for practice, skills development and organisational / agency analysis.
Demonstration of a collaborative approach with your Agency Supervisor and Clinical Supervisor regarding the development of the learning agreement.
Articulation of evidence required to demonstrate achievements.
2 3 4
All - Assessment Task 2:Oral Case Presentation & Written Case Summary
Demonstration of competency in the use of advanced counselling skills and theory integration, through oral presentation of a case.
Product: Oral and Written Piece
You will present a 15 minute case presentation and a 500-word case summary. This will occur within your scheduled clinical supervision sessions, as agreed with your supervisor.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Clarity and ability to summarise the case
2 4
Ability to summarise interventions used;
Ability to discuss the development of your own learning through the case.
2 3 4
Ability to identify strengths and challenges in your approach to working with this client.
2 4
All - Assessment Task 3:Internship placement hour logs plus 2 x essay
You will complete and document a
minimum of 200 hours of
internship, including a minimum
of 40 hours of direct client contact
and clinical supervision hours.
Submission of 2 x written essays.
Product: Written Piece
Activity logs detailing completed agency, direct client and supervision hours will be entered via SONIA (Submission by week 13) for approval by agency contact and allocated clinical supervisor. 

You will also complete:
1 x 500 word essay (Submission week 8) -How the agency responds to the needs of clients. How the agency response fits with your conceptualisation of counselling.

1 x 1000 word reflective essay (Submission week 12)-Your personal experience of internship along with your understanding of how counselling can meet national, communal and individual needs for emotional stability and wellbeing.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Completion of 200 hours of internship professional clinical practice, including a minimum of 40 hours of direct client contact
4 5
Clear concise case reports including case conceptualisation, therapeutic interventions, progress and closure
2 4 5
Completion of all internship documentation and supervision logs
1 3
All - Assessment Task 4:Internship Assessment Report
To successfully complete the Internship by demonstrating a professional understanding and application of counselling theories, skills, knowledge, and values.
Product: Report
The Internship Assessment Report is to be completed by the Agency Supervisor in collaboration with the student for each respective internship site and respective semester period. The student and Agency Supervisor will complete a C = Competent; NYC=Not Yet Competent scale.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrated capacity to draw from counselling theory;
4 5
Demonstrated understanding of, and capacity to work within, the organisational context;
Working collaboratively with Agency/Clinical Supervisor, organisational team members and the counselling Field Education Officer.
3 5
Demonstrated counselling clinical practice skills
2 4 5
Professional practice, work management and administration skills
1 5
Evidence Counselling Values in client engagement;
2 4 5
Actively participate in reflective practice

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Recommended H. Frederick Sweitzer,Mary A. King 2013 The Successful Internship fourth Cengage Learning

Specific requirements


How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Limited Graded Course:

This course will be graded as Pass in a Limited Grade Course (PU) or Fail in a Limited Grade Course (UF) as per clause 4.1.3 and 4.1.4 of the Grades and Grade Point Average (GPA) - Academic Policy.

In a course eligible to use Limited Grades, all assessment items in that course are marked on a Pass/Fail basis and all assessment tasks are required to be passed for a student to successfully complete the course. Supplementary assessment is not available in courses using Limited Grades.

Assessment: Submission penalties

You must contact your Course Coordinator and provide the required documentation if you require an extension or alternate assessment.


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