This course develops your practice of advanced counselling skills enabling you to apply a cutting-edge approach to your work supporting couples and families. This course includes the extended understanding of recent developments in counselling and its professional practice. You will develop advanced skills for working within family systems and relationship issues. A key element of the course will be the development of an appreciation and understanding of therapeutic integration, and your own personal counselling style.
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus workshop - 3 hours||3hrs||Week 1||13 times|
Course and Assessment Overview. The creative counsellor. The composite model of counsellor competence. Becoming a ‘master’ therapist.
Psychodynamic approaches - origins, evolution and research findings. Freud and Jung; conscious vs. unconscious - contemporary discussions; defence mechanisms; theories of personality; therapeutic strategies.
The Implications of Attachment Theory for counsellors and couples’ therapy. Approaches that use attachment theory; recognising “internal working models”; attachment patterns.
Emotion-focused Therapy – with individuals and couples. Emotion schemes; layers of emotion; empathic attunement; experiential processing; the 2-chair process.
Systemic Thinking, Family & Couple Therapy – 1
Supporting Families. Schools of Family Therapy; Family system boundaries; structuring sessions.
Systemic Thinking, Family & Couple Therapy – 2
Supporting Families and Couples. Types of families; multi-generational family therapy (Bowen); Family resilience; Couples Therapy.
Systemic Thinking, Family & Couple Therapy – 3
Supporting Families. Genograms; Role-play practice; life cycle perspective.
A Post-Modern Approach: Narrative Therapy in supporting couples. Use of language; dealing with dominant stories; use of metaphors; externalising problems.
Art-making approaches with families and couples. Rationale for creative activities; projective techniques; symbol work; visual art.
Integrative Approaches in Counselling. Client preferences and collaboration; eclectic practice; use of cultural resources.
700 Level (Specialised)
|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||Develop and apply deep knowledge of theoretical underpinnings of counselling through meta-cognition and self- reasoning.||Knowledgeable|
|2||Demonstrate an ability to engage with family systems and sociocultural systems within the context of counselling in an ethical and professional manner.||
|3||Demonstrate expertise in the knowledge and skills of therapeutic integration.||
|4||Identify and develop decision making pathways in counselling that maintain sustainable outcomes for clients and families.||Sustainability-focussed|
|5||Articulate and demonstrate your personal approach to counselling and psychotherapy.||
Creative and critical thinker
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COU701 and enrolled in Program AR708
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
Timely and detailed feedback is provided for each assessment. Early feedback available in class through Task 1. 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. Workshops will include extended discussion and review of the assessment task requirements
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
A five-minute oral presentation in class in week 4.
|Week 4||In Class|
|Week 5||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|Week 10||Online Submission|
|Week 12||Online Submission|
|All - Assessment Task 1:In class, oral presentation on micro skills and counselling couples and families|
To demonstrate, through a 5 minute talk, that skills from weeks 1 to 3 have been integrated and understood, and receive Course Coordinator and class feedback.
This is a group task. Working in trios, prepare a 5-minute oral presentation that identifies how foundation counselling skills or 'micro skills' could be applied to counselling with small groups (i.e. families or couples). Choose 3 - 4 of the most valuable skills to focus on, and provide a rationale for this choice.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Applying Theory to Family & Couple Counselling|
To reflect on workshop content in weeks 1 to 5, and apply the various theories to the practice of Couple & Family Counselling.
A written essay that compares and contrasts two theories from weeks one to five of the course, and describes the implications of these theories for practical implementation during group counselling sessions.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Family or Couples Counselling Recorded Demonstration|
Present a video recording of a counselling session demonstrating your use of family or relationship counselling skills.
Working with two student colleagues from COU781 you will complete a 20 to 30 minute video session demonstrating your use of family or couple counselling skills within the context of family systems. The video will demonstrate how you are integrating your personal style of counselling. Full details of the requirement will be posted on Canvas.
|All - Assessment Task 4:Self-critique of Recorded Demonstration|
Demonstrate your ability to critically reflect on your skills in conducting a family or couple's session
A written self-assessment and reflective critique of your session.
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.
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