This unit enables students to build on their experience of their professional counselling practice hours acquired during their undergraduate and/or postgraduate studies through supervised practice in professional settings. The real life demands of professional practice are the context for students to further apply and integrate their counselling knowledge, skills and personal and professional development experiences with supervision. This unit is taken concurrently with the advanced theories unit over a year of professional practice and supervision. it is aimed at providing another level of oversight of the ongoing personal and professional development for the increasing competence of a reflective counselling practitioner. A minimum of 70 supervised counselling hours and accompanying minimum supervision hours is required..

Unit code: DZ9076S

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Professional Counselling

Proposing College: Stirling College

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Learning outcomes


Evaluate and exhibit their values, beliefs and understanding of ethical responsibilities in the context of a counselling agency or other professional setting


Critically review psychological theories relative to their own worldview and evolve and articulate a systematic personal approach to counselling and psychotherapy in the context of their professional practice


Exhibit integrity in their professional counselling practice through active commitment to ongoing supervision and respectful working relationships including understanding of cultural and gender diversity and disability


Evaluate and justify their counselling practice with clients in professional settings requiring technical knowledge and skills for designing creative initiatives that match the needs of clients

Unit sequence

Prerequisites AIFC’s Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual) Co-requisites DP9077S Advanced Counselling Theories, Processes and Strategies


Students learn through practice, professional supervision (on-site and in groups), engaging with other professionals, performing administrative duties, and on-line meetings with other students and the lecturer as a second tier of supervision

Indicative Bibliography

Bridger, F. and Atkinson, D. (2007). Counselling in context: developing a theological framework. London, Harper & Collins.

Cooper, M. & McLeod, J. (2010). Pluralistic counseling and psychotherapy. Sage.

Duncan, B. L., Miller, S. D. (2004). The heroic client. A revolutionary way to improve effectiveness through client directed, outcome informed therapy. Jossey Bass.

Duncan, B. L., Miller, S. D., Wampold, B. E. & Hubble, M. A. (2009). The heart and soul of change: delivering what works in therapy. (2nd ed.). APA.

Entwistle, D. N. (2010). Integrative approaches to psychology and Christianity: an introduction to worldview issues, philosophical foundations and models of integration. Eugene, OR: Cascade.

Johns, C. (2009). Becoming a reflective practitioner (3rd ed). New York: Willey.

Norcross, J. C. & Goldfried, M. R. (2005). Handbook of psychotherapy integration (2nd ed), Oxford University Press.

Palmer, S. & Woolfe, R. (Eds.). (2001). Integration and eclectic counseling and psychotherapy. UK: Sage.

Russell-Chapin, L. & Chapin, T. (2012). Clinical supervision: theory and practice. Brooks/Cole Cengage. Belmont. (recommended for purchase)

Sweitzer, H. F. & King, M. (2014, 4th ed.) The successful internship. Brooks/Cole Cengage. Belmont (recommended for purchase)

Thompson, S. & Thompson, N. (2008). The critically reflective practitioner. London. Palgrave Macmillan. (recommended for purchase)


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Investigation - Self assessment, practicum assessment and learning agreement

This investigation requires both self-assessment and an assessment of the student's practicum and setting, including learning goals for professional practice. A learning agreement is required in consultation with the student's supervisor that clearly outlines goals, tasks and methods for achieving the goals mapped against counselling theory, knowledge, skills and professional ethics.. The agreement formalizes the relationship and understanding between the student, the supervisor, the practice setting and the University.

2000 NGP
Skill Demonstration - Group supervision

Active participation, critical reflection and competent case presentation is required in group supervision sessions throughout the year, during which the student exhibits their growing development as a professional counsellor.

2000 NGP
Essay - Final reflection paper

This essay is an overall personal assessment of the experience of the practicum year including the skills and knowledge learned as well as reflecting on your ongoing personal and professional development .

2000 NGP
Portfolio - Practice Documentation

This assessment consists of a practicum portfolio of signed logs of hours of counselling, group work, agency work, supervision, and case work. 70 hours of professional counselling practice plus the required hours of supervision are prescribed for this unit. This portfolio includes all the associated documentation including logs, supervisor reports, agency reports and case notes.

2000 NGP

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 28 Sep, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-09-28 13:44:08 +1000