PROFCOUN 700 - Counselling In Youth Mentoring

Course code
Counselling In Youth Mentoring
Counselling, Human Services, and Social Work
Delivery modes
Weekly Lecture
Course director

Kelsey Deane

Course description

Theories and concepts of youth mentoring and positive youth development will be examined in relation to practice as youth counsellors. Students will engage in weekly psychoeducational group and one to one counselling sessions on campus with at-risk youth as part of a therapeutic mentoring programme. Lecture topics include counselling skills for youth, effective and ethical mentoring relationships, and risk assessment.

Course overview

PROFCOUN 700 is 15-point service-learning course nested within the Campus Connections Aotearoa | Tūhono Aiopīpī (CC-A) youth mentoring programme developed to support young people in Alternative Education. This service-learning course integrates community service with instruction and reflection to enhance the learning experience.

Students who take this course will develop an applied multidisciplinary understanding of youth practice theory and research with an emphasis on counselling strategies for working with marginalised young people. Through the CC-A field practice component, students will also have an opportunity to put this knowledge and their counselling skills into practice.

The course runs for a full seven-hour day each week of the 12-week semester. Four of these hours are spent in counselling and youth development activities with the youth and other students. The course, including lectures, programme sessions and debrief, takes place every Thursday in Semester 1 from 8am–3pm. This time investment is designed to enhance the impact of the experience for both youth and students. Because the face-to-face hours for this course are much higher than for other electives, the number of course readings and the written component of the on-course assessments are reduced. A substantial focus of the course is on practice-based learning and some assessments are completed during class time.

The combination of in-depth knowledge and practical skills gained through this service-learning experience will broaden students’ therapeutic toolkit and benefit those interested in working with youth across a range of counselling settings.

Important things to consider when selecting this course as an elective:
· As you will be working with vulnerable young people your commitment is critical, including full attendance at training, lectures, weekly programme sessions, post-session debriefs and the end of semester closing ceremony.
· PROFCOUN 700 students may be assigned to counsellor, mentor, or coach-counsellor roles. Each role offers opportunities for the development and use of therapeutic engagement and intervention skills.
· Any shift in the Covid-19 alert levels that results in Campus closure or restrictions on in-person gatherings will have implications for the practice-based component of the course/programme. The option to achieve course credit will still be available in these circumstances. However, the course will move to an online lecture format (focused on the same lecture topics and practice skills) and assessments may be adjusted.
· Mentoring sessions run from 17 March to 2 June, excluding Thursdays during the university mid-semester break (21 and 28 April).
· Enrolment in this course requires permission from the Course Director. In compliance with the Children's Act (2014), students must take part in an interview, undergo a police vet and background checks.

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Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course, students will be able to: Identify and critically analyse positive youth development and mentoring theories, frameworks and principles, and apply these in counselling practice with young people. Analyse theories of power, privilege and oppression, diversity and social justice and apply these to their own experiences and to the experiences of local youth. Demonstrate critical and systems-thinking skills when examining challenges facing youth at-risk and in identifying the needs and strengths of young people. Demonstrate professional counselling skills in group activity facilitation, case record keeping, one on one counselling practice, multidisciplinary team work, and ethical and reflective counselling practice.

    Currently scheduled classes

    2022 Epsom (Semester 1): Field Experience/Practicum every Thursday (3 March to 2 June) 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.
    2022 Epsom (Semester 1): Weekly lecture jointly taught with SOCYOUTH 300 as part of the Campus Connections Aotearoa programme.
    Lectures/Groups Supervision on Thursdays (3 March to 2 June ) from 8:00 am to 9:00 am and 2:00 pm to 3.00 pm.

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