This unit allows students to build on the face-to-face counselling hours acquired during their undergraduate and/or postgraduate years of study through supervised practice in an agency setting. The real life demands of the placement setting are the context for students to further apply and integrate their counselling knowledge, skills and personal and professional development experiences under supervision. In addition to exposing students to the operations of an agency, the unit is aimed at allowing them to develop as a reflective practitioners in counselling practice and requires a minimum of 70 supervised counselling hours and 18 hours of supervision (ration: 1hr s/v:4 hrs counselling). Students will cover content that includes organisational policies and procedures, professional role expectations and accountability, ethical and reflective practice, risk management, individual and group supervision, interpersonal skills demonstration, intake and assessment, client case note writing, reports and documentation.

Unit code: XP9076S

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Capstone

Unit discipline: Capstone Other P

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Evaluate their own practice, including their values, beliefs and their understanding of ethical responsibilities in the context of a counselling agency setting


Assess psychological theories which are compatible with their own developing worldview and articulate a systematic personal approach to counselling and psychotherapy in the context of working with an agency and in the community


Demonstrate the integration of counselling theory, knowledge and skills in a counselling practice through positive use of, and commitment to, ongoing supervision, respectful working relationships with clients, colleagues and community members, and valuing of others with an understanding of and sensitivity towards cultural diversity, gender and disability


Develop and appraise their counselling practice with clients with the necessary technical knowledge and skills to innovatively design 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), 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: Cascado.
  • 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. Algrave Macmillan. (recommended for purchase)


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Practicum portfolio of case studies, logs of hours of counselling, group work, agency work, and supervision (equivalent 1000 words) You are to undertake 70 hours of professional counselling practice with additional hours of supervision (1 supervision hour: 4 counselling hours). You are to write up two cases in depth, (one per semester) and four cases in summary (2 per semester). You will also complete a 1000 word reflective essay on your experiences and insights. All associated documentation including logs, supervisor reports, and agency reports must be included in your portfolio.

All assessments graded pass / fail only all four assessments must be completed satisfactorily Word count equivalent over assessments 1-3 = 5000 words

1670 0.0

Reflective essay 2000 words This essay is an overall personal reflection on your practicum experience and self-care. You will highlight the skills and knowledge you have learned. You will also discuss how this will impinge on your counselling practice and your ongoing evaluation of your work with clients as you reach the end of your practicum experience and a threshold into the future as a professional counsellor. Use references where appropriate and note any areas you feel you may need to further develop in your future professional and personal development in order to enhance your counselling professionalism.

All assessments graded pass / fail only all four assessments must be completed satisfactorily

2000 0.0

Learning agreement, including goals and outcomes (equivalent 1670 words) You will develop, articulate, assess and evaluate learning goals in a professional practice setting using counselling theory, skills, knowledge and values. You will develop a learning agreement in consultation with your agency supervisor and your clinical supervisor, mapped against counselling theory, knowledge, skills and ethics. The learning agreement clearly outlines your goals, tasks and methods for achieving outcomes across assessment areas and formalizes the relationship and understanding between you, the agency supervisor and the University.

All assessments graded pass / fail only all four assessments must be completed satisfactorily Word count equivalent over assessments 1-3 = 5000 words

1670 0.0

Interpersonal counselling skills recorded for demonstration in supervision (equivalent 2000 words) You are to demonstrate your competency in the use of advanced counselling skills and theory through recordings of counselling skills demonstrations as required for supervision. Criteria: ethical and professional counselling awareness demonstrated in the session Understanding cultural diversity Ability to identify strengths and challenges within the session Ability to reflect on learnings from supervision session

All assessments graded pass / fail only all four assessments must be completed satisfactorily Word count equivalent over assessments 1-3 = 5000 words

1670 0.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 26 Sep, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:49 +1000