Course Outline

COU751 Mindfulness-Based Interventions and Group Work

Course Coordinator:Trudi Flynn ( School:School of Law and Society

2023Semester 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.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This course examines the definitions and practices of mindfulness-based therapies, and their role in counselling. The course will focus on empirically supported clinical interventions across a wide range of populations, with attention given to the conduct of group work for therapeutic benefit. Mindfulness will be explored as a means of fostering self-care and growth as a counselling professional. The course will be both knowledge-based and experiential, as you will learn and apply a variety of mindfulness-based practices.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus workshop - 3 hours 3hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

Origins, Principles and Practices of Mindfulness;

Self-Compassion as a Foundation for Mindfulness Practice;

Developing Therapeutic Presence ;

Teaching Mindfulness in Therapy;

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy Program (MBCT) I & II ;

Mindfulness and the Arts Therapies ;

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction and the Somatic Approaches;

Mindfulness-based Group Work and Design;

Mindfulness with Children;

Mindfulness, Self-criticism, and Self-care for counsellors;

Spirituality in Mindfulness.

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 critical understanding and analysis of the research-based evidence for mindfulness interventions in counselling and psychotherapy. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
2 Reflect critically on your own values, attitudes and beliefs in relation to the use of mindfulness practices for yourself and with your clients. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
3 Synthesise and evaluate the body of research on particular aspects of mindfulness practice and its use in mental health. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
4 Apply a mindfulness based intervention as self-care in your counsellor trainee role. Knowledgeable
5 Create a mindfulness-based intervention for an identified group of clients. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
6 Demonstrate understanding of the ethical responsibilities and professional requirements which underpin mindfulness-based interventions. Knowledgeable
7 Demonstrate a developing scholarly capacity in written submissions, incorporating clarity of written expression, integration of academic literature, and adherence to APA style. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker

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”.


Enrolled in Program AR708


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

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. Tutorials will include extended discussion and review of the assessment task requirements and scope.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Journal Individual 0%
250 words
Week 3 Online Submission
All 2 Essay Individual 30%
2250 words
Week 6 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Plan Group 40%
2500 words
Week 9 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 4 Oral Individual 30%
15 Minute presentation
Refer to Format In Class
All - Assessment Task 1:Mindful Practice Logbook Reflection
To establish and document a daily mindfulness practice. To articulate new knowing emerging from this commencing practice.
Product: Journal
At the commencement of the course, you will be invited to develop an ongoing daily mindfulness practice. You will be requested to document your practice utilising a provided Mindfulness Log. In Week Three you will be invited to submit a reflective statement articulating your experience of your commencing practice.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrate a regular commencing practice of mindfulness activities.
All - Assessment Task 2:Literature Review
To demonstrate a scholarly approach to your learning through critical analysis, synthesis and evaluation of the research literature relating to a specific area of mindfulness intervention in counselling and psychotherapy.
Product: Essay
Prepare a 2250 word literature review on a selected area of mindfulness based intervention in mental health and counselling (e.g. depression, stress, illness and pain), with an identified population (e.g. children, elderly, special needs, women/men, chronic health condition, cultural group). Demonstrate a scholarly approach through critical analysis, synthesis and evaluation of the research literature. See Canvas for further details.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Selection of pertinent, appropriate and contemporary academic literature.
Evidenced critical understanding and scholarly synthesis of the material.
1 3
Scholarly comment on the effectiveness of mindfulness-based interventions with the identified population.
1 3
Clarity of logic and argument, accurate use of APA7 referencing and formatting style.
All - Assessment Task 3:Mindfulness-based group intervention therapeutic plan
Create a 6 or 8 week mindfulness-based intervention plan for a specific population group.
Product: Plan
You will work in pairs to create a detailed outline for a mindfulness-based intervention program for a group of choice. Your 2,500 word plan needs to include: a description of the population group; a needs assessment of this group; a scholarly rationale for the program, a description of the program goals, a session plan for each week of the program; a time frame; a resources list, and a budget.  See Canvas for further details.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Comprehensive, professional and therapeutically informed description of the client group for whom the mindfulness-informed group program is being developed. Describe the therapeutic needs of this group.
Clear communication of the goals and aims of the program. Goals and aims to be constructively aligned with the therapeutic description of the population, and contemporary scholarly understanding of utilised approaches.
1 3 5
Detailed description of the developed program including: a weekly plan for each session that outlines the aim, theme, activities and duration of the session. Any relevant handouts or psychoeducation material to be presented in Appendices.
5 6
Detailed description of the program setting, that identifies practical and therapeutically significant considerations.
1 3 5
Consideration of possible challenges that may occur in presenting the program, and how these may be managed.
3 5
Integration of pertinent literature as warranted, in APA7 style.
All - Assessment Task 4:Illustrated self-reflective journal summary class presentation
To develop and demonstrate your ability to critically self-reflect on your experience of applying mindfulness based interventions in your own life, providing visual evidence of reflection on your mindfulness efforts, in the form of an oral presentation.
Product: Oral
Submit:  Weeks 12 and 13.

You will use the entries made into your journal as the basis for this summary, and conclude with advice for others beginning to use mindfulness. This individual task will build on the mindfulness practices that you will have learnt and practiced in class. You will accompany the summary with illustrations (hand-drawn, photographic, collage, etc.) that evidence your reflective process. See further details on Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Presented content describes, and reflects on, experiences with mindfulness throughout the semester;
1 2 4
Oral and visual evidence of regular reflective thinking and of insights gained from both reading and practice.
2 4
Summary formulation of advice you might offer to clients attempting mindfulness.
1 2 6
Clarity of oral presentation.
Identification of challenges and rewards from mindfulness practice;
1 2 4
Communication via illustrations or original artwork in any media;
2 4

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
Required Christopher Germer,Ronald D. Siegel,Paul R. Fulton 2016 Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, Second Edition 2 Guilford Publications

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

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct.

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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